Mielke Indecisive Rossi hurts GOPs chance to beat Murray

first_imgClark County Commissioner Tom Mielke has created quite a stir within the state GOP with a memo accusing Republican Dino Rossi of “playing games with the Republican Party” by failing to make a decision on whether to jump into the race against U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat.“We have the ability to take this seat in the Senate away from the democrats (sic), but Rossi’s failure to make a decision has badly hurt our chances,” said Mielke in a widely distributed e-mail message sent Sunday.The two-time gubernatorial candidate “has hurt us all by waiting for no good reason, financial, political or strategic,” Mielke wrote. “All he’s done is anger a lot of the base because he refuses to make his plans public and that makes him look indecisive while a lot of us see this fantastic opportunity slipping away because of Rossi.”Mary Lane Strow, Rossi’s volunteer spokeswoman, scoffed at the contention that Rossi is hurting Republicans’ chances of capturing Murray’s Senate seat.“There have been a lot of candidates in the race for a long time and not one of them has caught fire yet, so that’s their problem,” she said in a telephone interview. “The implication is that he has been toying with the Republican Party. This has all happened quite recently, that Dino started thinking about getting into the race. He actually is being thorough in making this decision. He hasn’t been toying with anyone or drawing out this decision. No sane person would just jump into a statewide race like this.”Mielke has endorsed state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, in the Senate race. Benton himself has complained publicly that Rossi’s indecision is hurting fundraising by the 10 Republicans in the race.last_img read more

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WSUVs Dengerink honored for service

first_imgHal Dengerink was getting ready to leave his position on the Pullman campus of Washington State University and take over a fledgling branch campus more than 350 miles away.Before he headed for Vancouver, Dengerink had a question for a WSU official: “If this doesn’t work out, can I come back to Pullman?”“He said no,” Dengerink recalled.o What: 2011 First Citizen Award ceremony.o When: 4-6 p.m. Wednesday.o Where: Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth St.The WSU official had enough confidence that the branch campus would work, Dengerink said, but the message also was meant to motivate. Dengerink and the Vancouver campus would share the same fate.More than 20 years later, WSUV has grown its enrollment and facilities exponentially.It also has advanced its mission, expanding from an upper-division branch campus — enrolling juniors, seniors and graduate students in a limited number of fields — to a university that offers local high school graduates four years of college without leaving town.The WSUV chancellor also has expanded his own role in Southwest Washington in the last 22 years. Since taking over the campus, he has participated in community efforts that range from the Interstate 5 Bridge project to improved care for local hospital patients.last_img read more

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Headon collision kills driver in Hockinson

first_imgA woman died and another was seriously injured Saturday morning when their vehicles collided head-on on Northeast 182nd Avenue near 139th Street in Hockinson, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.Sheriff’s deputies and Fire District 3 personnel were called just after 8:30 a.m. to 12802 N.E. 182nd Ave., where they found a blue Chevrolet sedan and black Acura sedan in the middle of the road.The cars struck each other head-on, said sheriff’s Sgt. Linda Hayes. One driver, 52, was dead, and the other, 22, was seriously injured.The drivers were the only people in the cars. The 22-year-old was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.Names were withheld until families could be informed. Sheriff’s detectives continue to investigate and expect more details by Monday.last_img read more

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Weather Eye Pleasant and dry should dominate the forecasts until autumn

first_imgIt sure seems like the summer is just flying — in a few weeks, September will be here and it will be autumn for us weather and climate folks. Oct. 12 this year will be the 50th anniversary of the Columbus Day windstorm of 1962. Boy, I remember that just like yesterday with a firm implant in my memory.Rainfall reports from last month from your friends and neighbors weren’t much to write home about with most reports between a quarter-inch and a half-inch of rain. The heaviest were Nancy Ellifrit of Mount Vista, with 0.98 of an inch, and Bob Starr of Cougar, with 1.02 inches. The least was Ellen Smart of Ridgefield with just a tenth of an inch.I have had several inquiries about the lack of mosquitoes this summer. I didn’t really pay attention, but I haven’t had any bites sitting outside in my backyard so far. Anyone else notice this?By the way, while we had paltry rain in July, many areas of our state had deluges. Seattle had 1.70 inches; Olympia, 0.90 of an inch; Quillayute, 1.93 inches; Bellingham, 1.70 inches; and Vancouver, 0.24 of an inch. Omak in Eastern Washington got 3.21 inches, mainly in a few thunderstorms, and had severe flooding July 20.There is still an El Niño watch out for this winter, though some climate models indicate neutral conditions. There’s not much chance of a third year in a row of La Niña.last_img read more

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Highway 141 fire cost 27 million

first_imgA fire that’s burned more than 1,600 acres near White Salmon and cost an estimated $2.7 million to fight is expected to be 100 percent contained by the end of the day.Firefighters have the fire 85 percent contained this morning, according to a press release from the Washington Department of Natural Resources. The blaze has charred 1,644 acres east of Highway 141, between White Salmon and Husum. About 600 responders worked the fire Monday, including 13 water tenders, one helicopter and numerous wildland engines.Crews expect to move to a much smaller response on Wednesday.The estimated cost of fighting the fire as of Monday night was $2.7 million, spokesman Chuck Turley said. That cost will increase, he said in an e-mail.The fire has been burning since Sept. 5.last_img read more

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Strictly business Charged up at the jewelry counter

first_imgOMG.That’s text slang for “oh my . . . goodness,” just in case you’re a non-phone-texting reader.Anyhoo, OMG was my under-the breath reaction after a recent experience in the jewelry department of a regional variety store. The transaction got off to a great start, with smiles exchanged all around when I first stopped by the jewelry counter. I’d come to ask about getting a replacement battery for my old wristwatch, even though I’d love to go out and buy a new one.The sales associate’s “Sure, no problem” response was the kind every consumer wants to hear in a world where we’re often ignored.And her next statement, “I can have your watch ready in about 10 minutes,” sounded like a sweet melody to my ears. (I had a bascart filled with grocery bags and some perishable items, and wanted to make just a quick stop before heading home).“That would be great,” I said.Alas, the meeting turned sour at the cost of the battery and its installation. Oh, the $14 price was quite reasonable for parts and labor. But when the sales associate next offered a free battery and repair if I opened the jewelry store’s credit card, I was stunned.SMH. That’s text code for “shaking my head.”Well, before I knew it, the application form and pen were on the counter in front of me.“Just fill this out while I fix your watch,” she said, as if I had no choice.For a moment, it made sense to me. After all, who would choose to pay $14 for a free service?But I quickly realized that’s how a credit debt — often carrying interest rates as high as 20 percent — starts, dear readers. And I had just finished paying off most of my holiday spending and was in no mood to start paying again.last_img read more

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Bonneville Dam fish count 512

first_imgSunday — 3,866 adult spring chinook, 1,790 jack chinook, 34 steelhead, 123 shad. Temperature was 54.2 and streamflow was 280,000 cubic feet per second.last_img

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Resorts World Sentosa casino license renewed for three years

first_img Load More RelatedPosts Singapore Betting Taxes fall 0.9% to SG$2.7 billion in FY2018/19 Japan: No prize for second The Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore (CRA) announced that it has renewed the casino license of Genting Singapore subsidiary Resorts World at Sentosa Pte Ltd (RWS) for a further three years.Resorts World at Sentosa Pte Ltd is the operating firm of Singapore integrated resort, Resorts World Sentosa. Imperial Pacific pays remaining US$10.5 million balance on annual license fee In an announcement, the CRA said it was satisfied that RWS had fulfilled the requirements set out in the Casino Control Act, with the new three year license term set to come into effect from 6 February 2019.Resorts World Sentosa, located on the island of Sentosa, opened its doors in February 2010.The company is due to release its 4Q18 financial results on 21 February 2019.last_img read more

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City of Dreams brings the bizarre garage of TheArsenale to Macau

first_imgA swollen yellow Porsche Carrera and a private plane you could park on a villa are the two vehicles visitors will find first when entering TheArsenale, a showroom open until the end of the year at City of Dreams Macau.Motorcycles, bicycles, cars, skateboards, boats and even a self-propelled surfboard gather in the space in a display of revolutionary design and conception of motion. The showroom also includes watches, books and paintings, proving that nothing escapes the cutting-edge proposals of TheArsenale.“We are the most insane garage in the world,” says Patrice Mignan, CEO and Founder of TheArsenale, “because insane is the right term to define the selection we provide and the typology of products we provide.”Mignam, who personally developed the showroom composition in 90 days, also says TheArsenale is “not just about selling products, it’s about giving a lot of insights on design, on culture, on technology,” highlighting the special relationship the brand tries to establish with each of its customers.Most of the products on the exhibition floor can be purchased and their prices are proportional to the exclusivity of the product. By the way, in case you decide to indulge yourself, all prices are in Hong Kong dollars.As Mignan says, “If it is not in TheArsenale, it doesn’t exist.”last_img read more

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Money purchase annual allowance reduction legislation to apply retrospectively

first_imgThe reduction to the money purchase annual allowance (MPAA) and the introduction of the £500 tax-exempt employer-arranged pensions advice allowance are to apply retrospectively from April 2017.These measures were due to be legislated for in the Finance Bill 2017. However, following the announcement of the snap general election on 8 June 2017, a number of measures were dropped from the Finance Bill in order to expedite its passage through Parliament. At the time, Jane Ellison, former financial secretary to the Treasury stated that the provisions withdrawn from the bill would be legislated for at the earliest opportunity at the start of the next Parliament.The Finance Bill received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017, becoming the Finance Act 2017.Chancellor Philip Hammond unveiled plans to reduce the MPAA from £10,000 to £4,000 in the Autumn Statement 2016. This restricts the tax-relieved amount that individuals who have accessed their pension savings through the pension freedoms can contribute to their defined contribution (DC) pensions. The reduction is designed to limit the recycling of pension savings to take advantage of tax relief.In March 2017, the government confirmed that no transitional arrangements would be put in place, and that the reduction would apply to those who have accessed or will access their pensions flexibly, regardless of when the decision to make use of the freedoms occurred.The tax exemption for the first £500 worth of pensions advice provided to an employee in a tax year was first announced by former Chancellor George Osborne in the March 2016 Budget. This replaces a £150 cap on tax-free employer-arranged advice, and also allows for advice on general financial and tax issues relating to pensions.On 13 July 2017, the government confirmed that a second Finance Bill 2017 will be introduced following the summer recess to legislate for all the policies that were excluded from the Finance Bill in order to pass it into law ahead of the general election. It also confirmed that all policies that were originally due to come into force from April 2017 will still be effective from that date.Mel Stride, the financial secretary to the Treasury, said: “The Finance Bill introduced in March 2017 provided for a number of changes to tax legislation that were withdrawn from the bill after the calling of the general election. The then-financial secretary to the Treasury confirmed at the point they were withdrawn that there was no policy change and that these provisions would be legislated for at the first opportunity in the new Parliament.“The government confirms that intention. It expects to introduce a Finance Bill as soon as possible after the summer recess containing the withdrawn provisions. Where policies have been announced as applying from the start of the 2017-18 tax year or other point before the introduction of the forthcoming Finance Bill, there is no change of policy and these dates of application will be retained. Those affected by the provisions should continue to assume that they will apply as originally announced.”Rona Train, partner at Hymans Robertson, said: “This decision, which will save the government around £70m per annum has been made at the great expense of those wanting or needing to supplement their retirement income. The government is clearly trying to stamp out recycling pension savings, whereby people could get a double hit of pensions tax relief by withdrawing money from their pension and then re-investing it. However, retirement is no longer the cliff-edge event seen in previous generations and is now often a process that continues over a number of years. In some cases, savers are simply unable to retire early but will equally struggle to continue working full time, whether this be for health reasons or caring responsibilities. In these cases, the government should be doing all it can to offer support.“While this decision, undoubtedly, will bring clarity for trustees, it remains contradictory to the ethos of pension freedoms. For too long now, trustees have been unable to provide definitive guidance to their members and some members may already contributed more than the £4,000 allowance as a result. They will feel the full force of this proposal given its retrospective enforcement.”last_img read more

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Mo Bros pays men £30 an hour to have their beard stroked

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Many employees will have slightly quirkier roles hiding on their CV’s, however male grooming brand Mo Bro’s is a cut above the rest with its latest recruitment drive, offering to pay men £30 an hour to let stressed Christmas shoppers stroke their beard.Men who wish to land this hair-larious role must have a beard that is at least two inches long, although Mo Bros’s state that men with longer, Santa-style beards are preferable.The unique beard-stroking pop up will be at Highcross Shopping Centre in Leicester for three days from Wednesday 20 December 2017, to encourage Christmas shoppers to relieve their festive stress by stroking a man’s beard.Individuals will have to register online to book a slot with one of the three available beard-owners. They will then be able to stroke the beard of their choice for either 10 or 20 minutes to unwind during their shopping trip. The experience is priced at £5 for five minutes, with all profits from the venture donated to homelessness charity Shelter.Shoppers will be able to enjoy complimentary tea, coffee or water while stroking their chosen beard, as well as have relaxing music playing in the background. Products such as beard balm and oil will also be available if individuals wish to add to their beard-stroking experience.Savan Dattani, co-founder at Mo Bro’s, said: “Christmas is a stressful time of year for most people. [They are] in a mad rush trying to buy presents, food and drink, [while] juggling work, a family and other commitments. We had a think of how we could make this situation more enjoyable, and it suddenly came to us; a beard stroking station. We have a few guys with fantastic beards already signed up, but we could do with a few more because we anticipate demand to be high. Santa beards preferred, but not essential.“It’s fairly common knowledge that stroking soft things, like animals, reduces stress, but we didn’t want to enlist the help of animals because they obviously can be somewhat unpredictable and chaotic. So, doing what we do, we thought beards are the next best thing. We’ll have an array of products available to use, so the beards will be soft and will smell great. Guests of the station can even brush them if they like.”Here at Employee Benefits, we are already sizing up the beards available at our London office and contemplating whether a beard-stroking station would go down well with our festively frazzled employees…last_img read more

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Fort Lauderdale officer dies in Coral Springs crash

first_imgCORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – A Fort Lauderdale Police officer was killed and a fire rescue officer was taken to the hospital after, authorities said, a car rear-ended their vehicle in Coral Springs, early Saturday.According to Coral Springs Police, 30-year-old Christopher Sheehan was at the wheel of a 1995 Jeep Wrangler when a 2010 Dodge Challenger crashed into him near U.S. 441 and Wiles Road, at around 2:30 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.Paramedics transported Sheehan’s passenger, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Capt. Jacob Snowhite, to Northwest Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening. The 41-year-old remained in the hospital on Sunday.The driver of the Challenger, identified as 29-year-old Margate resident Joselyn Lopez, stayed at the scene. She was not injured.Investigators said speed and alcohol may have been contributing factors in the crash.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Publix Charities donates 200K to Feeding South Florida

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A grocery store chain is feeding a need in South Florida.Publix Super Market Charities is donating $200,000 to the hunger relief organization Feeding South Florida. They also delivered 21 pallets of food to those in need in Northwest Miami-Dade, Friday.The financial donation is part of Publix’s annual $5 million contribution to the Feeding America network.Feeding South Florida is the leading food bank in the area.September is National Hunger Action Month. For more information on Feeding South Florida, go to www.feedingsouthflorida.org. TY @Publix for helping us serve our families in #Miami & for your generous 200K donation! #FreshFoodFriday pic.twitter.com/8VreFWZfp1— FeedingSouthFlorida (@FeedingSFL) September 9, 2016 Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Miami church provides hot meals to FPL workers in Miami Gardens

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – As the number of South Florida families and businesses without power continued to dwindle over the weekend, a house of worship made a generous gesture to those responsible for turning the lights back on.Some members of Hope Church of Christ in Miami showed their appreciation for all the men and women working around the clock to restore electricity.On Sunday, more than 100 Florida Power and Light workers in Miami Gardens were treated to a hot meal.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Pawpular dining for pets — and their owners — at Doral Puppy

first_imgDORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami-Dade’s most “paw-pular” brunch celebrated another fun-filled day for two and four-legged guests alike, Sunday.The Downtown Doral Puppy Brunch, held at Downtown Doral Park, allowed pet owners to bring their furry friends to enjoy dozens of activities — including doggy grooming, photo booths and endless treats.“Here we have vendors, from dog groomers to puppy snacks to even dog popsicles,” said event organizer Lilyvania Mikulski. “A little bit of everything, and food for the humans, as well.”Pet parents got a chance to brunch with Sunday specialties from local eateries, as well as cocktails and mimosas.The event also hosted local dog adoptions.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Lockdown lifted at South Miami High School after unfounded phone threat

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A high school in Miami was placed on lockdown, Thursday morning.According to Miami-Dade Police, South Miami High School was on lockdown after a phone threat was made at around 9 a.m.School board units responded, but said they found nothing dangerous.School officials said these threats tend to come in more often during testing.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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2 shipping containers catch fire in Miami no injuries

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Fast-moving flames spread through two shipping containers in Miami.City of Miami Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the blaze near Northwest 71st Street and Eighth Avenue, Sunday night.Crews were forced to cut through a fence to reach the burning containers.Officials said the fire spread to two vehicles but not to a nearby structure.No injuries were reportedFirefighters remained at the scene hours after they put out the flames.The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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A grade for MDCPS while BCPS receives B grade for 20182019 school

first_imgIn addition, for the third year in a row, there are no “F” rated traditional schools @MDCPS, and 99% of all schools received “A”, “B”, or “C” ratings in 2019, as compared to the state’s 95%. #BeyondthePromise pic.twitter.com/wktVwBynka— Alberto M. Carvalho (@MiamiSup) July 11, 2019 Carvalho stated it was the district’s second year in a row receiving the high district-wide grade.No schools throughout Broward County received an F grade, also. MIAMI (WSVN) – The Florida Department of Education has released the school grades for both Miami-Dade and Broward County Public School districts.Miami-Dade County Public Schools received a letter A grade while Broward County was given a B rating for the 2018 to 2019 school year.Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, school board members and district members met on Thursday afternoon to discuss the results.center_img To review each individual school’s rating, click here.To find out more information on the districts’ overall rating, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Soldotna Moves Forward On 2018 Airport Improvements Project

first_imgThe 2018 Airport Improvement Project consists of 3 components:1. The Snow Removal Equipment/Sand Storage building will house airport equipment and non-chemical sand. Currently both take up space in our Funny River Road shop and prevent other City equipment from being stored inside. The new building will provide for faster and more efficient removal of snow from the airport, providing safer surfaces for aircraft movement.2. The central apron asphalt rehabilitation work will apply a sealcoat to areas that are over 20 years old, and will extend the useful life of the asphalt by an estimated 10 years.3. The wildlife gates will allow easier and quicker removal of moose from within the perimeter fence. Kyle Kornelis, Public Works Director stated in a letter to the council: “A resolution requesting design-build contract execution will be brought forward after technical proposals are evaluated. The airport fund balance is not sufficient to cover all local match costs. Borrowing from the general fund may be required to complete construction.” According to the ordinance, the funding sources for this project are: FAA grant funds totaling $3,135,937 and City funds of $209,063. The total project cost is; $3,345,000 Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council has an ordinance on their agenda for this Wednesday, June 27, appropriating funds and authorizing the City Manager to enter into the grant agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration to fund the 2018 Airport Improvement Project. The Soldotna City Council will hold their bi-weekly council meeting on Wednesday, June 27, at 6 p.m.last_img read more

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Chicago Tribune Folds Weekly Magazine

first_img“In a special message to readers last Sunday, we told how we are investing in areas like watchdog reporting, local news and digital publishing,” Kern wrote. “We are able to do this by making clear choices in our priorities and shifting resources to activities that readers and advertisers value most.  These changes are part of this effort.”The Chicago Tribune said its paid Sunday circulation average for the six months ending in March was 858,256 copies, putting it behind the New York Times (1.451 million), Los Angeles Times (1.019 million) and Washington Post (868,965). The Chicago Tribune said late last week that it will fold its 55-year-old weekly Sunday magazine on July 5.Instead, the paper will replace the 850,000-circulation Chicago Tribune Magazine with Sunday, a new newspaper section that will include some of the former magazine’s features.”Declining advertising and high costs made weekly publication unsustainable,” Gerould Kern, the Chicago Tribune’s editor, wrote in a memo to staffers.last_img read more

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