Unemploymentclaims phone line hours extended

first_imgStarting Monday, Washington’s unemployment-claims phone line will be open one hour earlier each day to keep up with demand during its busiest season, according to the state Employment Security Department. Intake agents will man the phone lines from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to assist unemployed workers with benefit claims. The extended schedule will be available through Jan. 31, to provide extra support over a period when industries such as construction and agriculture are off season. Claimants also can cut down on wait times by applying for benefits and submitting weekly claims online, a service available 24 hours a day at http://www.esd.wa.gov.last_img

Salsa festival brings about 500 to dance workshops

first_imgDancers on Sunday heated up the Vancouver Convention Center to that infectious Latin beat.An estimated 500 participants from the West came to dance and learn from the professionals at the Rose City Salsa Festival and Timba Too! Instructors at the three-day fest came from the East Coast, Detroit, California, Seattle and Portland. Two are originally from Cuba.”I like the music, that for me is the first thing,” said participant Paula Mara, 57, from Davis, Calif. “I like the physical activity and the social aspects, and it’s an activity you can do all your life.”She said it is fascinating to hear dancers say, “We do it this way in Miami, or we do it this way in Seattle.”Why salsa dancing?“Great exercise,” said George Caceres, a festival organizer from Portland. “It’s a very inviting environment.” He added people were at the festival because of “the love of the music and the love of the dance. … It’s an opportunity for two people to connect.”This was the second year the festival has been at the Hilton Vancouver Washington.In one room Sunday, students were in an Afro-Timba class. Timba is Cuban salsa. Leading the class were instructors Duane Wrenn of Detroit and Katie Hernandez of Los Angeles and originally from Cuba. A woman in the front row of the crowded class wore a pink T-shirt carrying this maxim: “Hips don’t lie!”last_img read more

Study looks at marijuana demand in Washington

first_imgPot applications climb in Clark County as deadline nearsSEATTLE — Figuring out how much marijuana people use has been one of the trickiest, and most important, questions facing the bureaucrats who are setting up Washington state’s new legal pot system.Underestimate demand, and marijuana fans might stick with their black market dealers. Overestimate it, and the surplus legal production could wind up being diverted out of state, or to kids.Now, researchers working with the state’s official pot consultant think they have their best look yet at cannabis consumption in Washington — aided by a novel survey aimed at figuring out how much the heaviest users of marijuana burn on a typical day. In a study released Wednesday, a RAND Corp. team figured that Washington’s roughly 750,000 marijuana users will have consumed between 135 and 225 metric tons of the drug in 2013.The median figure they came up with is 175 metric tons. That’s more than 6 million ounces, enough for around 340 million joints, and more than twice what the state estimated before voters approved Washington’s legal weed law last year.But officials have been aware since June that RAND’s researchers were headed toward the higher number, and they say the new study won’t require any sudden changes to the rollout of the state system.last_img read more

8 dead 30 missing in ruin of Quebec retirement home

first_imgL’ISLE-VERTE, Quebec — Using steam to melt the ice, investigators searched the frozen-over ruins of a retirement home Friday for victims of a fire that left at least eight people dead and about 30 missing.The tragedy cast such a pall over the village of 1,500 that psychologists were sent door to door.“It’s absolute desolation,” Mayor Ursule Theriault said.The cause of the blaze that swept through the three-story building early Thursday was under investigation, and police asked the public for any videos or photos that might yield clues.Witnesses told horrific tales of people trapped and killed by the flames. Many of the 50 or so residents are over 85 and used wheelchairs or walkers. Some had Alzheimer’s.Pascal Fillion, who lives nearby, said he saw someone use a ladder to try to rescue a man cornered on his third-floor balcony. The man was crying out for help before he fell to the ground, engulfed in flames, Fillion said.The spray from firefighters’ hoses left the senior citizens home resembling a macabre snow palace, the ruins encased in thick white ice dripping with icicles.last_img read more

Washington Supreme Court convenes at Clark College

first_imgo In 1995, the Washington Supreme Court became one of the first courts in the world to allow comprehensive coverage of court proceedings to be televised. Watch the court in action at TVW’s website.Vancouver resident Becky Pomaville enrolled in Clark College to become a paralegal with the goal of eventually earning her law degree, possibly with a specialty in appellate law.The Washington Supreme Court’s visit to Clark College on Tuesday let her see appellate law in action.The nine justices heard three cases Tuesday in Gaiser Hall in front of an audience of nearly 100, which included Pomaville.“I think it’s fabulous,” Pomaville said. “It’s real-life learning instead of reading about it in a book.”About three times a year, the Washington Supreme Court leaves Olympia and visits a different part of the state to help educate the public about how the court works and to build confidence in the judiciary. Tuesday was only the second time the court has visited Clark County. The last time was in 1999, when the nine-member court convened at Fort Vancouver High School.In the morning, the justices heard lawyers argue a case about whether Drug Court staffing meetings should be open to the public and another case about whether the Washington State Bar Association was within its right to suspend an attorney’s license for two years. They didn’t immediately issue decisions on the cases.At the end of the arguments, the justices took questions from the audience.“There are hardly any lawyers in this area who practice appellate law,” Pomaville said, addressing the justices. “What is it that makes it so difficult?”last_img read more

Judge refuses to stay Idaho samesex marriages

first_imgBOISE, Idaho — A federal magistrate judge on Wednesday refused to put gay marriages in Idaho on hold pending an appeal from the state’s governor.U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale said in her decision that Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s appeal is unlikely to succeed, so there’s no reason to keep same-sex couples from seeking marriage licenses or marrying on Friday.Dale noted she already found the governor’s arguments lacked legal merit when she struck down Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage Tuesday evening. The judge said allowing Idaho to continue enforcing its laws against same-sex marriage would irreparably harm the four couples who sued, along with other gay couples.“Nor does the public interest favor preserving a status quo that deprives individuals of their constitutional rights,” Dale wrote. “The court finds a stay pending appeal is not warranted.”Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden already is working on the state’s appeal to the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Wasden’s spokesman Todd Dvorak said Wednesday morning.last_img read more

18th District rivals differ on most issues

first_imgLiz PikeAge: 54.City: Camas area.Occupation: Operates a farm in Fern Prairie.Party affiliation: Republican.Notable endorsements: Brent Boger, former Clark County GOP chairman; Gun Owners Action League of Washington; Human Life Political Action Committee; Building Industry Association of Clark County; Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey.Total funds raised: $88,585.Campaign website: www.lizpike.us.Maureen WinninghamAge: 48.City: Vancouver.Occupation: Head of global research and development and information technology for Intel Security.Party affiliation: Democrat.Notable endorsements: Washington Education Association; American Federation of Teachers (AFL-CIO); Washington State Labor Council; Betty Sue Morris, former lawmaker and Clark County commissioner; Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver.Total funds raised: $41,186.Campaign website: www.maureenwinningham.com.In the race for an 18th Legislative District House seat, voters have a choice between two candidates with stark differences. Democratic challenger Maureen Winningham, who is hoping to unseat Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, calls herself a “compassionate conservative” whose first vote was cast for U.S. President Ronald Reagan. But on many issues, she aligns ideologically with the left as much as Pike does the right. Winningham is in favor of raising the minimum wage; Pike introduced a measure that would have created a “training wage” allowing some employers to pay less than minimum wage for up to 680 hours per worker. Winningham is opposed to the proposed oil-by-rail terminal; Pike has accepted financial contributions from the companies behind the proposed terminal. At a recent candidate forum at Camas High School, Winningham told the crowd that she was inspired by teachers, then she told them, “Google ‘Liz Pike’ ‘teacher’ ‘Facebook’ and see what (Pike) thinks about education.”last_img read more

Arraignment delayed in Camas High molestation case

first_imgAn arraignment hearing for a Camas High School custodian and assistant softball coach accused of inappropriately touching more than a dozen female students has been delayed for two weeks because the defendant has not yet retained an attorney. Clark County Superior Court Judge Robert Lewis also recused himself Friday because the man coached Lewis’ son.Robbyn D. Mattson, 58, of Camas is accused of walking through the school’s common areas as students were moving between class periods and fondling the buttocks of at least 17 female students.Mattson is now scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 13 on charges of five counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, eight counts of third-degree child molestation and four counts of fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation.Vancouver attorney Steven Thayer made a courtesy appearance on Mattson’s behalf Friday.“We’re trying to sort out the representation issue,” Thayer said. “That’s why I asked to set (the arraignment hearing) over.”Thayer said the case would likely be reassigned to Judge Scott Collier.Mattson has been out of jail on $10,000 bond since his first court appearance Dec. 22 but is prohibited by court order from having contact with his accusers or Camas High School.According to a court affidavit, video surveillance showed Mattson routinely leaving the custodian’s closet during the change in class periods, winding through a crowd of students and then returning to the custodian’s closet.last_img read more

Talarius launches staff recognition portal

first_imgTalarius has introduced an employee recognition portal to encourage employee suggestions and reward staff for sharing ideas.The Adult Gaming Centers operator, which owns brands Quicksilver (pictured) and Silvers and Winners, has launched the portal to demonstrate to its 1,000 employees that they could make a genuine difference to the organisation by voicing their ideas.The senior leadership team also wanted staff to see their ideas come to life and to know that their suggestions could have a positive impact on the business.The portal, Call the Slots, which is provided by P&MM Employee Benefits, allows employees to input their suggestions against Talarius’ core organisational values.The site uses ’Las Vegas’-style colours and imagery, combined with elements of gamification, to link to the brand and boost staff engagement.Ideas are evaluated on a monthly basis and staff are rewarded with points that can be redeemed against a selection of merchandise or vouchers. Employees are also encouraged to put forward as many suggestions as they wish, with winners announced each month. Employees can be rewarded even if their idea is not implemented. More than 100 ideas have been accepted and implemented to date.Beth Jones, internal communications manager at Talarius, said: “We are really pleased with how the system works and it’s very easy for all our colleagues to use.“Employees can access this from their home or via our intranet making it accessible 24/7.“We hold a national conference once a year and have now incorporated a ‘call the slots: best idea’ award into the evening awards ceremony, which shows just how much this scheme means to both the organisation and our employees.”last_img read more

Master trust tax registration process to be aligned to regulators regime

first_imgSpring Budget 2017: The tax registration process for master trust pension schemes will be amended to align with the Pensions Regulator’s (TPR) authorisation and supervision regime.The changes to the registration process were announced in the Spring Budget 2017 policy paper. The alignment aims to increase consumer protection and improve compliance.Under the Pensions Scheme Bill 2016-17, TPR has new powers to authorise and de-authorise master trusts according to strict authorisation criteria.Master trusts will have to be authorised by TPR before they can begin operating.last_img

Deliveroo to face legal action over holiday pay and minimum wage

first_imgTakeaway delivery organisation Deliveroo is to face legal action over the entitlement of its riders to employment rights such as holiday pay and the minimum wage.The legal action argues that riders are not contractors and that they should be entitled to employment rights, such as the national minimum wage and holiday pay, which they do not receive as self-employed contractors.Approximately 200 riders to date have joined the claim against Deliveroo, which is being led by law firm Leigh Day. The first group of 20 riders has started the process of bringing a claim by contacting employment dispute public body Acas.The legal action will contend that riders are required to wear a Deliveroo-branded uniform and use a Deliveroo-branded box when performing their job, that they are given specific instructions about how and where they work, are subject to performance reviews, and have their terms and rate of pay determined by Deliveroo. The legal claims will therefore argue that riders are not self-employed contractors, and should instead be entitled to employment rights and protections.The legal action will also feature age discrimination claims for riders aged under 18 who were dismissed after Deliveroo introduced a new minimum age requirement.Annie Powell, lawyer in the employment team at Leigh Day, said: “The idea that Deliveroo riders are self-employed contractors in business on their own account and that Deliveroo is a customer of each rider’s business is absurd.“Deliveroo riders carry out the sole function of Deliveroo, to deliver food and drink to customers, and are tightly controlled by Deliveroo in what is clearly a dependent work relationship. We will argue that Deliveroo has no reasonable ground to argue that its riders are self-employed contractors and that it should immediately ensure that its riders are paid at least the national minimum wage and receive paid holiday.“We will also argue that Deliveroo’s dismissal of young riders who do not meet Deliveroo’s new minimum age requirement is a clear case of unlawful age discrimination for which the riders should be compensated.”A spokesperson at Deliveroo added: “We are proud to offer flexible, well-paid work to over 15,000 self-employed UK riders, and receive over 10,000 new applications every week. Riders choose when and where to ride with us, and for how long, giving them the flexibility and freedom to work with us around their other commitments such as studying, running a small business or working for another [organisation]. We will continue to work closely with our riders to ensure that as the [organisation] continues to grow in the UK, our riders continue to benefit from that growth.”Read more about worker-status cases in Tribunal rules Excel bicycle courier is entitled to holiday pay and Tribunal rules Uber drivers are entitled to workers’ rights.last_img read more

Supreme Court rules in favour of employees former spouse in pension divorce

first_imgThe Supreme Court has allowed an appeal from the former spouse of a retired British Coal employee in a case concerning the period of pension scheme membership that should be taken into account upon the division of assets.The Scottish case, McDonald v Newton or McDonald, relates to Mr McDonald, who worked as a miner for British Coal between 11 December 1978 and 10 August 1985. During this time, he contributed to the organisation’s occupational pension scheme. Mr McDonald retired early at the age of 32 due to ill health. In 1985, he stopped contributing to the pension scheme and he began to receive his pension income.Mr McDonald ceased to co-habit with his wife on 25 September 2010. Mrs McDonald then sought a pension sharing order under the The Family Law (Scotland) Act 1985 on the basis that Mr McDonald’s pension forms part of the matrimonial property that would need to be taken into account in arranging financial provision.The case centres around the interpretation of The Divorce etc. (Pensions) (Scotland) Regulations 2000, which uses the cash equivalent transfer value (CETV) to determine a person’s rights or interests in occupational and personal pension schemes. British Coal has provided a CETV figure of £172,748.38 for the period up to 25 September 2010.Mr McDonald contends that the pension share should reflect the period he was an active member and making contributions to the pension scheme. This would mean the value of the pension benefit that is matrimonial property is £10,002.Mrs McDonald contends that the CETV should refer to the period of Mr McDonald’s entire membership of the scheme up until the time they separated, including his time as both an active member and when he was drawing retirement income. This would make the value of the pension share £138,534.A ruling in December 2013 agreed with Mr McDonald. Mrs McDonald appealed to the Inner House of the Court of Session, but this was dismissed in August 2015. Mrs McDonald then brought her appeal to the Supreme Court.The Supreme Court has allowed Mrs McDonald’s appeal and the case will now be remitted to the sheriff at Edinburgh.The court ruled that the period of membership under the 2000 Regulations refers to the period of the individual’s membership of the pension arrangement, regardless of whether contributions are being made during that period.The court found that the interpretation of membership could not be confined to active membership, particularly as the 2000 Regulations apply to both occupational and personal pension schemes.The court’s interpretation does not necessarily mean that the value of an interest in a pension must be shared equally between the parties.Lord Hodge, one of the judges who ruled in the case, said: “It is clear, and is not disputed, that the 2000 Regulations apply not only to occupational pension schemes but also to personal pension schemes. The definition of ‘active membership’ in section 124(1) of the Pensions Act 1995 applies only to an occupational pension scheme and makes no sense in relation to personal pension schemes.“It is to be assumed that Parliament intended the provisions of the Regulations to operate sensibly in relation to the differing pension schemes and state pension rights.”last_img read more

Anxiety sufferer seeks babysitter to take kids trick or treating

first_imgSomething for the weekend: A mother of three in Wirral, Merseyside, who suffers from social anxiety is offering to pay a babysitter up to £50 an hour to take her children trick or treating on Halloween.In an advert placed on Childcare.co.uk, she explained: “I get very scared at Halloween because of the costumes and speaking to strangers to ask for sweets for the kids. I have severe social anxiety and am uncomfortable with trick or treating, but I’d like for my kids to experience it. I’d hate for them to miss out on this because of me, and having put it off for the last three years I feel I can’t any more.”The mum of two boys and a girl, aged nine, seven and three respectively, also requires the fully qualified babysitter to help the kids get ready, because she is spooked by costumes.She said: “I’d ask friends, but I don’t know many people with children, so they’re not doing trick or treating and are busy on Halloween, as it’s a school night!”Richard Conway, founder of Childcare.co.uk, was touched by the post on the website and decided to spread the word. He said: “She’s clearly trying to do the best for her children and is more than happy to pay someone to perform this service. I got in touch with her to ask how I could help, and promoting this advert seemed like the best way I could help her.”Here at Employee Benefits, we think it is sweet the Merseyside mum is making this effort. We hope someone suitable is found to take the kids round all the local haunts…last_img read more

Police arrest suspect involved in killing girlfriend 2 children

first_imgPolice stopped a suspect who crossed borders after he gunned down a South Florida family.Miami-Dade Police tracked down and arrested 32-year-old Antwon Fair in Savannah, Georgia, Wednesday. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. #BreakingNews: Antwon Lamar Fair is in custody in Savannah, Ga! Thanks to the assistance of other agencies. pic.twitter.com/TqB2fGlJL1— Miami-Dade Police (@MiamiDadePD) August 3, 2016According to investigators, Fair opened fire on his girlfriend and her children inside their Southwest Miami-Dade home on Monday and fled the shooting scene.Thirty-nine-year-old Takeeya Fulton and two of her children, 19-year-old Nuckeria Harris and 17-year-old Corey Johnson, were killed.Fulton’s 12-year-old son was also shot and is now in the process of recovering. last_img read more

Palmetto Bay resident shoots 2 dogs to protect pet cat

first_imgPALMETTO BAY, Fla. (WSVN) – A man shot two dogs in Palmetto Bay after he said they attacked his pet.7’s Skyforce HD flew over the scene where police said the man shot and killed one of the dogs and injured the other.According to the man, the dogs attacked his cat, Thursday morning.The shooting occurred near 93rd Avenue and 180th Street.The homeowner will not face any charges.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Lawyers say accused FLL shooter mentally competent for trial

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – The lawyers for the man accused of killing five people at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport said he is mentally competent to stand trial.Esteban Santiago’s lawyers told a federal judge that their client understands the court proceedings, after he initially said his mind was being controlled by the government.Santiago’s defense team said he is taking psychiatric medicine in jail.The 26-year-old is accused of opening fire in the baggage claim area of FLL on Jan. 6, killing five people.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Bill Murray freaks out over NCAA tournament

first_imgThursday night’s game was just the latest highlight in Murray’s amazing sports year.He was in the crowd at Wrigley Field in October when his beloved Chicago Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years. What a difference a year makes. Have a day, Bill Murray. #MarchMadness #Xavier pic.twitter.com/C1sTFnWCwX— Nick Kennedy (@NickKennedy92) March 24, 2017Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Bill Murray had a very personal reason to freak out when Xavier University upset the University of Arizona in the NCAA tournament, Thursday night.Bill’s son, Luke, is an assistant coach for Xavier.Pop’s been following the team on its unbeaten streak, showing up at every game.After Thursday night’s victory, he did a little recap while waiting for the team to hit the locker room.Bill Murray: “Oh, it’s great. It was really like a great platoon movie, you know, where like the dirty dozen or something. A different guy comes in and saves everyone’s bacon, one after another. They all took turns.”center_img Huge 4th Q comeback win for #Xavier over #Arizona, who now advance to the #elite8 . #BillMurray pic.twitter.com/E147wMDTc8— Billy Krumb (@ClubhouseCancer) March 24, 2017 last_img read more

Lewis discusses civil rightsthemed graphic novels at Opalocka stop

first_imgOPA-LOCKA, FLA. (WSVN) – U.S. Rep. John Lewis discussed his civil rights graphic novels during a South Florida stop, Saturday.Lewis, D-Ga., sat alongside co-author Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell as they discussed the award-winning trilogy “March” at a book signing held at New Birth Baptist Church in Opa-locka.The books focus on the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s through the eyes of the Georgia lawmaker. The 77-year-old provides a firsthand account of his lifelong struggle for civil and human rights.“You’re sitting at a lunch counter, and someone comes over and spits on you. They’ll put a lighted cigarette out in your hair, hold down your bags, pour hot water, hot coffee, hot chocolate on you,” said Lewis. “You get arrested, taken to jail. You’re beaten, you’re left bloody during the Freedom Rides. It’s sort of painful, and it’s hard even for young people to believe that happened.”The congressman hopes “March” will inspire and educate generations to come. Over 1,000 Miami-Dade students attended the signing.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Police continue search for missing Marathon man

first_imgPolice are on the lookout for a man who’s been missing for months.Seventy-two-year-old Albert Bosco vanished from Marathon without a trace.He hasn’t been seen or heard from since his daughter reported him missing in September.Detectives said they found the boat he lived on but no sign of Bosco.Anyone who has seen Bosco is urged to call the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office at 305-289-2351.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Frost Art Museum hosts photo shoot for foster children

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – It was a picture perfect event for a group of South Florida children looking for families of their own.Florida International University’s Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum hosted a photo shoot on Sunday for 12 children who are all ready for adoption.The Children’s Trust Miami Heart Gallery proudly played a key role. “These amazing community partners are able to come together and make a difference for these children who are in the foster care system and help them feel special for a day,” said Children’s Trust spokesperson Sandra Camacho.There are more than 500 foster children in Miami-Dade County ready for adoption.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more