Cool temps sunshine on tap

first_imgRain, for the moment, is a thing of the past.Freezing fog, welcome. The National Weather Service expects the heavy, dark fog to hang around until about 10 a.m. Commuters are advised to be careful this morning on icy roads.When the fog dissipates, the sun will shine. Clark County is expected to be cold and sunny today through Sunday. Today’s high is forecasted at 40 degrees and complimented by a 5 mph breeze. Overnight lows Friday and Saturday will dip to 21 degrees.last_img

nLight First Impressions of a first business trip to India

first_imgSaturday, Feb. 5: Arrival in DelhiInitial impressions of India are difficult to sort out after 36 hours of travel. Jason Farmer, our chief technology officer, and I arrive in Delhi on Saturday afternoon after leaving Vancouver on Thursday morning. We are greeted by Anmol Nijjar, our Director of India, who arrived early. I am prepared for the intense sights, sounds, and smells. I also am prepared for the much reported infrastructure issues in a country that is growing rapidly at around 8 percent. Much has been written about the specific problems in Delhi as the capital city prepares for the Commonwealth games – which have been derided as the “commonfilth games.” But this description seems simplistic and unfair. Upon landing at a brand new terminal at Indira Gandhi International Airport it feels as if we are in any international terminal – indeed a much better terminal than the gritty terminal from our connection at London’s Heathrow airport. Clearly a profound and rapid transition is underway in Delhi. There certainly appears to be areas where the infrastructure is lagging but it is much more mixed than anticipated as dirt streets with begging children are juxtaposed with new buildings and four-lane highways. While we drive to the hotel we start with a modern four-lane highway (where lines in the road appear to be suggestions rather than lanes dividers) and then stop in traffic with continuous horn honking – and it is not clear why the traffic is stopped as a man on a horse gallops around the traffic.When we arrive at our hotel we are reminded of the potential for unrest as uniformed guards search our car for bombs and our bags go through an old airport screening system before we are allowed into the lobby. However, the process seems more perfunctory and not particularly threatening. Indeed the greetings of “Namaste” by the doorman seems an earnest welcome that, with folded hands, perhaps conveys the literal essence of this ubiquitous greeting: ‘That which is of God in me bows to that which is of God in you’.As with most business trips, there is no time to relax, rest, and reflect. We are here to join U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke’s trade mission and also meet customers. We go directly into our first customer meeting over lunch and enjoy a buffet of fantastic Punjabi food and surprising fruit desserts (pictured) that look like aliens. Jason proclaims it the best buffet in his extensive experience.last_img read more

Police arrest Everett murder suspects

first_imgUPDATE: Two Everett, Washington murder suspects were arrested Wednesday afternoon when a California Highway Patrol officer spotted the vehicle they were traveling in north of Sacramento. The arrest came after the officer received attempt to locate information regarding the vehicle and suspects.On October 5, 2011 at approximately 1:30 p.m. a CHP officer spotted the white 1999 Plymouth Breeze four-door with Oregon license plates in the Yuba/Sutter area. CHP officers initiated a felony traffic stop and detained, positively identified and took into custody DAVID JOSEPH PEDERSEN, age 31, and HOLLY ANN GRIGSBY, age 24.— Oregon State Police news releasePREVIOUS STORY:Police searching for a couple suspected of murdering a woman said Wednesday that they found the body of a young adult male, but did not know yet whether it was a missing teen whose car was last seen with the fugitives.Authorities have been looking for 19-year-old Cody Myers, who disappeared after leaving Saturday for a jazz festival on the Oregon coast. David Joseph Pedersen and his girlfriend, Holly Grigsby, have been spotted using the Lafayette teen’s car.The discovery in the woods of Willamette Valley was the latest development in a two-state search that started last week with the murder of Pedersen’s stepmother. Pedersen’s father, David Jones Pedersen, was also missing from their trailer home in Everett, Wash.last_img read more

Matthews big for Blazers in win over Hawks

first_imgAtlanta Hawks’ Devin Harris, right, guards Portland’s Wesley Matthews. ATLANTA — Wesley Matthews scored 28 points to lead three Trail Blazers with at least 20 points and Portland beat the Atlanta Hawks 104-93 Friday night for their second road win in as many nights.Damian Lillard scored 22 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points and 13 rebounds, giving him at least 20 points in seven straight games. Aldridge had 28 points in the Blazers’ 99-89 win at Chicago on Thursday night.The Hawks led by 11 points in the third quarter before Matthews rallied the Trail Blazers. The Hawks, fifth in the Eastern Conference standings, completed a disappointing 1-2 homestand. Josh Smith led Atlanta with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Jeff Teague scored 21 points and Al Horford added 15 points with 11 rebounds.The Blazers made 10 of 18 3-pointers, including five of eight by Matthews and four of five by Lillard. J.J. Hickson also posted a double-double for Portland with 15 points and 10 rebounds.Portland led 52-51 early in the third quarter before Smith’s basket on a pass from Horford started a 15-3 run for the Hawks. Smith had two jams — each set up by Teague — in the run, which left the Hawks leading 66-55. Blazers coach Terry Stotts called two timeouts during the run.The Blazers’ only points during Atlanta’s run came on a 3-pointer by Matthews. The third-year guard from Marquette added a jumper and two more 3s in a stretch of 11 straight points for Portland, cutting the Hawks’ lead to 76-73 at the end of the third period.last_img read more

Dalai Lama says Care for our planet

first_imgPORTLAND (AP) — The Dalai Lama concluded his three-day Oregon trip by telling a sold-out crowd we need to focus more on the environment and less on the acquisition of material things.“This is our home; we have to take care of it,” the Buddhist monk known as His Holiness said in a panel discussion before 10,000 people at Portland’s Memorial Coliseum.The Dalai Lama was joined by Gov. John Kitzhaber, broadcaster and environmental activist David Suzuki and Andrea Durbin, executive director of the Oregon Environmental Council.The governor said leaders must find a way to create an economic system that’s not based on “unlimited growth and unlimited consumption.”The Dalai Lama took that theme to a more individual level, saying the drive to produce and consume is unhealthy.“Just make money, make money, make money, spend it on luxuries, I think not good,” he said. “Perhaps I am socialist.”Though “socialist” is not a bad word in Portland, the Dalai Lama added: “But freedom is very important. Without freedom, socialist countries collapse and fall.”At an early Saturday news conference, the Dalai Lama took a handful of questions on matters such as love, nature and his daily habits.last_img read more

Officer accused of raping child allowed to have kids at wedding

first_imgA Beaverton, Ore., police officer accused of raping a 5-year-old child will be allowed to have children at his wedding.Christopher R. Warren, 33, of Vancouver will marry former high school classmate Meliah Colon on Aug. 3 at Camas Meadows Golf Course, according to court documents filed in Clark County Superior Court.After his arrest in May on suspicion of first-degree child rape, Judge Barbara Johnson prohibited Warren from having contact with minors.“This has caused us to tell everyone attending the wedding that no kids can attend …” Warren wrote in a court motion heard Wednesday. “This includes our own kids, who were all supposed to be participants in the wedding.”Warren also asked Johnson to allow him to have contact with his two children after the wedding.Before he was accused of raping a child, he said that he, Colon and their respective children from previous relationships “lived together as a happy family” in Vancouver, and “all of our kids have attended school together.”Deputy Prosecutor Randy St. Clair, standing in for Senior Deputy Prosecutor Alan Harvey, objected to Warren’s request, Harvey said.Johnson granted Warren’s motion to socialize with children at his wedding but did not modify the order of no contact with minors, with the exception of the wedding, Harvey said.An estimated 120 adults are expected to attend the wedding, Warren indicated.Warren’s trial is scheduled for Dec. 16 but is likely to be delayed until February because of scheduling conflicts, his attorneys, Louis Byrd Jr. and Ernest Warren Jr., have said.last_img read more

Police dog Dingos work is done

first_imgAfter years of sniffing out drugs, Dingo, a 9-year-old police dog with the Washougal Police Department, will retire to a relaxing life on the couch, his owner said Saturday morning at the dog’s retirement party.The brown-and-black-brindle Dutch shepherd, who now sports quite a bit of gray on his snout, was deployed in the field more than 500 times, said his owner and former partner, Officer Kyle Day. Dingo worked strictly in narcotics detection in Oregon and Washington and was a police dog for almost seven years, or about 40 dog years. Dingo worked hard and led a life of excitement. “He ended up on ‘Cops’ a few months back and found a pound and a half of cocaine in a car,” Day said. “That’s kind of his claim to fame.”Dingo was one of four police dogs honored at the retirement celebration at the Stevenson Off-Leash Dog Park in Washougal. The event was hosted by DOGPAW, a nonprofit, all-volunteer group that maintains five off-leash parks in Clark County. The group also raised $15,000 to cover the cost of buying another police dog to replace Dingo.“This has been our biggest fundraiser probably to date,” Mark Watson, a DOGPAW board member who helped organize Saturday’s event, said. DOGPAW stands for “Dog Owners Group for Park Access in Washington.” Some of that $15,000 will help Washougal police cover the new dog’s food and vet costs for a while.last_img read more

La Center schools embrace Halloween as way to celebrate community spirit

first_imgLooking for spooky tales of hauntings from around Clark County? Check out The Columbian’s Ghost Stories blog at Got a story of your own to share? Email Happy Halloween!La Center Elementary School students shared some of their favorite parts of Halloween with The Columbian. Here are some of their unedited responses:“I love candy?” Miranda, 9.“I love all candy, but I hate, hate, hate, hate, hate Halloween.” Owen, 8.“I love being funny, with funny costumes on Halloween.” Meagan, 9.“Im going to be a witch and an angle because im going to trick or treat at the same house that have the best candy.” Dolores, 10.“My favorite costume is all black clothes with fake blood on my hands.” Riley, 10.“I like Rolos, they are like little tiny balls of sugar,” Jesse, 5.“It’s not my favorite holiday. I don’t know what I’m going to be. But I like to count my candy. I want to be a ghost, Indian, hippi,” Krista, 8.We polled three classes at La Center Elementary School about what they would like to dress as this Halloween. Here are the top picks.Laura Tomberlin’s kindergarten class:1st: Ninja.2nd: Vampire.3rd: Tinker Bell.Kimberly Hollopeter’s third-grade class:1st: Ghost.2nd: Ghostface from the “Scream” series.3rd: Zombie.Greg Hall’s fourth/fifth-grade class:1st: Witch.2nd: Zombie.3rd: Animal.LA CENTER — If you want to see an explosion of excitement, just ask a group of kindergartners about their favorite candy.When this question was posed last week to Laura Tomberlin’s class at La Center Elementary School, the young students shot to attention.“Candy corn,” many agreed. Clinton prefers his mom’s homemade cookies, while Trip enjoys biting into a chocolate eyeball “because it’s round.”And some have more of a sweet tooth than others.“My favorite candy is every candy,” Hayden cheerfully yelled as the 5-year-old flung forward out of his chair and spread his tiny torso across a knee-high table.last_img read more

Supreme Court weighs whether praying before governing is legal

first_imgWASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices who started work Wednesday with a public exhortation that “God save” the court wrestled with claims that legislative prayers violate the First Amendment.In a closely watched case that tests government entanglement with religion, conservative justices bluntly showed support for public prayer. Liberal justices, while worrying about citizens feeling coerced by prayers conducted before public sessions, likewise voiced doubts about how the government can readily determine which prayers are acceptable and which are not.“I don’t think this is an easy question. I think it’s hard,” Justice Elena Kagan acknowledged. “Part of what we are trying to do here is to maintain a multi-religious society in a peaceful and harmonious way. And every time the court gets involved in things like this, it seems to make the problem worse rather than better.”The tenor of the hourlong oral argument in the case called Town of Greece v. Galloway suggested that the justices, although divided, are likely to reverse an appeals court and uphold the town’s policy of starting legislative sessions with public prayers. The biggest question appears to be what guidelines the court sets for judging future prayer challenges.“You hear the resistance of some members of the court to sitting as arbiters of what’s sectarian and nonsectarian,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor told the attorney who was arguing for more restrictions on prayers before public meetings, “and I join some skepticism as to knowing exactly where to draw that line.”last_img read more

Solid November jobs report could give economy jolt

first_imgWASHINGTON — A fourth straight month of solid hiring in November could give the U.S. economy a jolt and signal that the job market may finally be gathering momentum.Economists are forecasting that employers added 180,000 jobs last month, according to a survey by FactSet. That would follow October’s robust gain of 204,000. And it would keep the average monthly gain for the past four months at around 200,000.The unemployment rate is expected to fall back to 7.2 percent from 7.3 percent. That would match a five-year low reached in September. Still, the rate remains above historically healthy levels of between 5 percent and 6 percent.The Labor Department will release the November jobs report at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time Friday.More jobs would follow other encouraging data reported in the midst of the crucial holiday shopping season. Growth is accelerating, corporate profits are rising and companies are laying off the fewest workers in six years.“The momentum looks strong,” said Chris Rupkey, chief economist at the Bank or Tokyo-Mitsubishi.Hopes for a robust finish to 2013 still hinge on strong hiring. The recovery from the Great Recession that ended 41/2 years ago has come in fits and starts. Growth has yet to reach the acceleration that defined U.S. economic recoveries for much of the past half century.last_img read more

Charges dismissed against Vancouver woman arrested in drug raid

first_imgCharges have been dismissed pending further investigation against a Vancouver woman who was arrested Oct. 2 during a raid of a Sifton-area home by the Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force.Katelynn M. Misener, 24, was arrested and held in the Clark County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail on suspicion of a February methamphetamine possession, which, investigators say, was unrelated to the raid at 7120 N.E. 131st Ave.“We had a suppression issue that made it such that we didn’t file charges on that February case,” said Clark County Deputy Prosecutor Scott Ikata.Misener and her landlord, Leslie E. Dyson, 45, who owns the home, also are suspects in a drug trafficking investigation, which prompted the Oct. 2 raid, according to a search warrant affidavit by Clark County sheriff’s Detective Brian Kessel.But charges connected with that investigation have not yet been filed.During the raid, law enforcement seized evidence and arrested 12 of the 19 people found inside the house, including Misener. All of the other arrests were related to either warrants or probation violations.Mike Cooke, who heads the regional drug task force, said the raid set an “unofficial record” with the most number of people located at a single search warrant location.last_img read more

Authorities defend casino warning shot incident as internal police review underway

first_imgAccording to Macau’s Secretary for Security, Wong Sio Chak, the meeting was aimed at preventing similar incidents from occurring again in the future. Among the initiatives to be undertaken as a result will be a review of internal police procedures regarding when an officer should call for reinforcements, as well as the force’s overall capabilities to respond to unforeseen events such as attacks on officers.Wong added that officers were required to follow strict guidelines when it came to drawing and firing a weapon. Notably, last week’s incident was the first time a Macau police officer had fired a shot since 2007.Among the measures being considered is equipping officers with pepper spray to provide an alternative option for restraining offenders if necessary.Wong also revealed that the officer who fired the warning shot had been temporarily transferred to the police logistics team to recover emotionally from the incident, but was quick to defend his actions as necessary under the circumstances.Investigations are ongoing. RelatedPosts 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 police officials have met with representatives of the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) to discuss ways of improving cooperation between police officers and private casino security guards following an incident last week that saw an officer fire a warning shot outside Galaxy Macau.The shot was fired last Thursday night during a scuffle with three mainland Chinese men who refused to stop smoking in a restricted area nearby a Galaxy Macau entrance. 300-seat cap revealed for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala Dinner at Galaxy Macau Cambodia deports 150 Chinese nationals for gambling-related crimes in Sihanoukville, Bavet Load Morelast_img read more

Moodys affirms Macau Aa3 rating

first_img Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August RelatedPosts Ratings agency Moody’s has affirmed Macau’s local and foreign currency issuer rating at Aa3 and maintained a stable outlook due to growing fiscal buffers and ongoing diversification efforts.In a Wednesday update, Moody’s said the SAR’s substantial cash reserves provided it with significant capacity to counter future shocks, while the addition of more non-gaming facilities would over time ensure the market is less volatile. New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Load More Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Conversely, policy measures in China and US-China trade tensions continue to pose risks to Macau’s gaming and tourism sectors.“On the upside, robust growth on the back of increasing gaming and tourism receipts, supported by the recent opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, may raise Macau’s fiscal and foreign exchange reserve buffers even more than Moody’s currently expects,” Moody’s said.“Moreover, diversification into mass market gaming and non-gaming tourism may be more rapid than currently assumed by Moody’s, lowering the SAR’s exposure to shocks to the VIP gaming sector.“On the downside, diversification could prove less effective leaving Macau exposed to shocks, particularly those related to economic, financial and policy developments on the mainland.”Moody’s noted that Macau’s fiscal reserve capital amounted to MOP$566 billion (US$70 billion) as of 31 March 2019, equal to around seven years’ worth of public expenditure for 2018 or 130% of 2018 GDP.“Moody’s expects ongoing growth in gaming and associated tax revenue to support further large fiscal surpluses above 10% of GDP in the next two years, indicating the government will continue to add to its stock of financial assets,” it said.last_img read more

Kingfisher reports a 96 mean gender pay gap

first_imgRetailer Kingfisher Group has reported a 9.6% mean gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay across its 34,000 UK employees as at 5 April 2017.The organisation has reported its gender pay gap data across its four legal entities in line with the government’s gender pay gap reporting regulations and ahead of the private sector submission deadline of 4 April 2018. The entities Kingfisher has reported on include B&Q (pictured), Screwfix Direct, Kingfisher Information Technology Services and Kingfisher Corporate.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.Kingfisher’s median gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay as at 5 April 2017 is 2.5%.Its mean gender pay gap for bonuses paid in the year to 5 April 2017 is 33.2%, and the median gender pay gap for bonus payments is 0.1% in favour of female employees. Over this period, 62.3% of female employees received a bonus payment compared to 60.7% of male employees.More than a third (37.3%) of employees in the highest pay quartile at Kingfisher are female, compared to 43.5% in the second quartile, 46.4% in the third quartile and 46.9% in the lowest pay quartile.Kingfisher has attributed its gender pay gap to the fact that it has a lower level of female representation in senior roles across the business. Typically, senior positions attract higher pay and bonuess and the majority of these job roles are currently held by male employees.To tackle its gender pay gap, Kingfisher is reviewing its employee benefits for parents, making more senior job roles open to flexible working and reduced hours opportunities, changing the way in which job adverts are written and introducing new programmes to help support women returning to work. In addition, as part of the organisation’s leadership development programmes, Kingfisher will help leaders to understand the importance and benefits of building inclusive teams, as well as understand the implications around unconscious bias. The organisation has also signed up to the 30% Club, which aims to achieve having a minimum of 30% of women on its board.Kingfisher is also considering ways to analyse its gender pay gap across the organisation internationally, as well as exploring how it can investigate pay gaps across different ethnicities and other characteristics. This is to ensure that the organisation pro-actively manages its pay fairly and equitably.Alastair Robertson, chief people officer at Kingfisher, said: “At Kingfisher, we are committed to being a fair and diverse employer and we are confident that we have the right reward processes in place to enable us to pay people fairly, irrespective of gender.“We are proud of our strong representation of women at the most senior levels of our business but recognise that we have more to do. We have a clear plan in place to make sure we have better representation at all levels of our workforce, promote fairer hiring practices and improve career opportunities for all our [employees]”last_img read more

Crest Healthcare pleads guilty to autoenrolment noncompliance

first_imgCrest Healthcare and its managing director, Sheila Aluko, have pleaded guilty to not complying with auto-enrolment duties and to providing false information to The Pensions Regulator (TPR) about a workplace pension scheme.The healthcare organisation and Aluko each pleaded guilty to one charge of knowingly or recklessly providing false or misleading information to TPR, which is an offence under section 80 of the Pensions Act 2004, as well as pleading guilty to two charges of wilfully failing to comply with auto-enrolment duties. This is an offence under section 45 of the Pensions Act 2008, which states that employers must make prescribed arrangements by which employees become active members of an automatic-enrolment pension scheme.The maximum sentence that can be delivered in a magistrates’ court for these forms of non-compliance is an unlimited fine.The case concerns Crest Healthcare’s declaration of compliance that was submitted to TPR on 22 March 2016. This stated that the organisation had complied with its auto-enrolment duties to write to staff regarding setting up a workplace pension and stated that Crest Healthcare had enrolled all eligible employees into the scheme.TPR accused Crest Healthcare and Aluko of not setting up a workplace pension scheme, not automatically enrolling employees into the scheme and not informing staff about auto-enrolment. The regulator also claimed that pension contributions had not been paid.At a later date, Crest Healthcare begun to deduct pension contributions from some employees, however, TPR stated that this was kept in the organisation’s bank account and was not paid into a workplace pension scheme for more than eight months. TPR also claimed that it was only after a whistleblower came forward that a workplace pension scheme was set up and the contributions were paid in to this.The case was heard on Wednesday 7 March 2018 at Brighton Magistrates’ Court. It has been adjourned for sentencing until Tuesday 15 May 2018.Darren Ryder, director of automatic-enrolment at TPR, said: “Sheila Aluko tried to conceal her [organisation’s] non-compliance by hiding behind false information and misleading her staff that their pensions were up and running. It was only after we intervened that the employer finally complied with its duties and provided its staff with the workplace pensions they were entitled to.“While the majority of employers are doing the right thing, this case sends a clear message that it is unacceptable to dodge pension responsibilities, and that we will take action against those [that] try to.”Aluko declined to comment.last_img read more

Court of Appeal dismisses holiday pay case in support of teacher

first_imgThe Court of Appeal has dismissed a case brought forward by the Harpur Trust on behalf of Bedford Girls School concerning the holiday pay of a music teacher on a zero-hours contract.The court, which issued its judgment on Monday 6 August 2019, confirmed that staff employed on a zero-hours contract, who may not work or be paid for certain parts of the year, are still entitled to receive a minimum of 28 days’ paid annual leave. This must be paid at the same rate as a normal week’s wages or be based on the average payment for the preceding 12 weeks, if pay is irregular.The case, The Harpur Trust v Brazel and Unison, concerns clarinet and saxophone teacher Lesley Brazel, employed on a zero-hours contract at Bedford Girls School. Brazel’s working hours are dependent on the number of pupils requiring her tutelage during term time; her typical working hours, therefore, are estimated to be between 20 and 30 half-hour lessons each week.In March 2015, Brazel presented a complaint in the Employment Tribunal (ET) for unlawful deduction from her wages by underpayment of her entitlement to holiday pay. This followed a change in casual and term-time employees’ annual leave allowance at the Harpur Trust in 2011, which stipulated that these individuals should receive an annual leave allowance of 12.07%. This was calculated using the 5.6 weeks’ holiday entitlement stated on staff members’ employment contract, divided by 46.4 weeks. Brazel, who works 32 weeks, was informed that she was therefore entitled to 3.86 weeks of annual leave, with each day paid at 12.07% of her salary.In January 2017, the ET at Bury St Edmunds dismissed Brazel’s claim, citing that the above-mentioned calculation would award Brazel with proportionately the same holiday pay entitlement as a full-year employee.However, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) allowed Brazel’s appeal against the ET’s decision in March 2018; the judge stated that under the European Union’s (EU) working time regulations, Brazel would be entitled to 28 days of paid annual leave, in accordance with Sections 221 to 224 of the Employment Rights Act 1996.Following this ruling, The Court of Appeal explored whether Brazel should receive less than her holiday entitlement, to reflect the fact that she does not work throughout the year. The Court, however, rejected the Harpur Trust’s case, finding that the working time regulations do not enable pro-rating in this fashion.Lord Justice Underhill, who led the proceedings, stated in the judgment: “The [working time regulations] do not provide for the kind of pro-rating for which the [Harpur] Trust argues, and which underlies the application of the 12.07% formula in the case of a part-year worker.”Shantha David, legal officer at Unison, added: “The government’s failure to provide guidance in this area has left [employees] in limbo. The courts have once again had to step in to stop the abuse of [staff] and to fix what legislation should have made clear from the outset.”last_img read more

2 shot multiple times in Fort Lauderdale

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Two men were transported to the hospital after being shot multiple times, Sunday.The victims were shot along Northwest 24th Avenue and Sunrise Boulevard.Both were transported to Broward Health Medical Center.No arrests have been made yet. If you have any information on this shooting, 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.last_img read more

Miami Beach commissioner helps cops bust suspected drug dealer

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A suspected drug dealer was arrested after a city commissioner alerted police about the illegal transaction.The 55-year-old suspect, Jacobo Chigin, faced a judge on Monday and was charged with possession of crack cocaine and resisting an officer.Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Grieco said he flagged down police officers after seeing what looked like a drug deal near 14th Street and Collins Avenue, just before 9 a.m., Sunday.When the law enforcers approached the subject, he took off on foot and led police on a chase through the streets of Miami Beach. An officer trailed the suspected drug dealer in a cruiser, while Grieco pursued him on foot.Police eventually caught up to the subject.Grieco told 7News he’s simply grateful to have been in the right place, at the right time. “Listen, if I hadn’t done what I did, there was a likelihood that this guy was going to be able to ditch the drugs, and that would’ve been one more drug dealer on the street,” he said. “I’m happy I did what I did.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Olympic gold medalists stress swim sessions in Miami Beach

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Olympic gold medalists gave swim lessons in time for summer in Miami Beach.Gold medalists Cullen Jones and Rowdy Gaines joined Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Monday.The trio stressed how important it is to take swim lessons if you’re thinking about going for a dip.They’re spreading the word to help decrease the more than 3,000 deaths caused by drowning every year.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

FBI release images of masked bank robber in Weston

first_imgWESTON, FLA. (WSVN) – – The FBI is searching for a masked bandit who robbed a Weston bank.FBI officials released surveillance images of the man who could be seen wearing a purple and green mask, Thursday morning.Officials said he walked into the PNC Bank branch near 41st Street and Weston Road and demanded money from a teller.If you have any information on this crime, 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.last_img read more