Clark County truckers feel the pinch of Occupy groups blockade of Port

first_imgTrucking companies in Clark County said Monday their drivers and their bottom lines are getting hurt by Occupy demonstrators who are gumming up operations at the Port of Portland.“Looks like we are dead in the water today,” Amanda Engh, account manager for RoadLink’s operations in Vancouver, wrote in an email to The Columbian.Engh forwarded to The Columbian an email she received from the Port of Portland Monday morning notifying RoadLink that Terminal 6 is closed for the day.Reached by phone, Engh said about eight truck drivers – independent contractors who do work for RoadLink – are sitting idle because of the protest.“We just sit and wait and tell our drivers to stick it out,” she said.Brad Foster, a sales representative for Vancouver-based Mitchell Bros. Truck Line Inc., said the company has about 35 truck drivers standing down because of halted operations at the Port of Portland.Mitchell Bros. employs a mixture of truckers who are on staff and those who are independent contractors, Foster said.Foster said the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 is important to the region’s economy. It’s where scrap metal and other exports are handled, he said, and it’s where imports – including retail goods headed for Fred Meyer, Columbia Sportswear and Lowe’s stores – are processed.last_img read more

Woman fatally injured in crash in Marion County Ore

first_imgA Newberg, Ore., woman was fatally injured Tuesday when she lost control of her small car and was hit on the driver side by a truck.Here is the full bulletin:News Release from: Marion Co. Sheriff’s OfficeNEWBERG WOMAN DIES IN OLMSTEAD ROAD CRASHPosted: April 18th, 2012 11:44 AMPhoto/sound file: http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2012-04/1294/53500/Honda_Civic_1.jpg (Honda Civic)Photo/sound file: http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2012-04/1294/53500/Olmstead_crash_scene_1.jpg (Olmstead Road Scene)A two-vehicle crash northwest of Donald caused the death of one driver Tuesday afternoon and closed the road to traffic for several hours.Marion County Deputies were called to the intersection of Yergen Road NE and Olmstead Road NE at 12:59pm, April 17th.Deputy David Wagner arrived at 1:04pm, and found the victim of the crash still in her 2004 Honda Civic. She was identified as Susan Ely, 67, of Newberg. The car suffered major damage. A representative from the Medical Examiner’s Office came to the scene to assist in the investigation.Wagner’s preliminary investigation revealed that Ely was traveling westbound on Olmstead Road near the intersection of Yergen Road when she lost control of her car and drove off the shoulder. In an attempt to recover, she overcorrected and drove back across the eastbound lanes and was struck on the driver’s side of her car by a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado truck, traveling eastbound. Ely was trapped in her car and died at the scene. She was wearing her seatbelt, and her vehicle’s airbag did deploy.last_img read more

President lawmakers meet no progress

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Barack Obama brought congressional leaders to the White House on Wednesday for the first time since a partial government shutdown began, but there was no sign of progress toward ending an impasse that has idled 800,000 federal workers and curbed services around the country.Obama “refuses to negotiate,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters after private talks that lasted more than an hour. “All we’re asking for here is a discussion and fairness for the American people under Obamacare.”But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said moments later, “We’re locked in tight on Obamacare” and neither the president nor Democrats will accept changes in the nation’s 3-year-old health care law as the price for spending legislation needed to end the two-day partial shutdown.With the nation’s ability to borrow money soon to lapse, Republicans and Democrats alike said the shutdown could last for two weeks or more, and soon oblige a divided government to grapple with both economy-threatening issues at the same time.The White House said in a statement after the meeting that Obama had made it clear “he is not going to negotiate over the need for Congress to act to reopen the government or to raise the debt limit to pay the bills Congress has already incurred.”last_img read more

Growers gear up for farmers market season

first_imgFor Bill Cole, the arrival of farmers market season means business is about to pick up.“I’ve got about a five- to seven-month window,” said Cole, owner of Vancouver-based Nature’s Wild Harvest. “That’s where I make most of my income.”Cole’s company sells wild mushrooms and other foraged foods at the Vancouver Farmers Market, plus a handful of other Portland-area markets. He’s not the only vendor who hits multiple markets throughout the year. But business models vary, and local growers weigh a variety of factors in deciding where to set up, or whether to do so at all.Some local farms focus more on direct sales to customers through community-supported agriculture programs, or CSAs. Some are able to land their yields on grocery store shelves. Most find some combination of ways to sell their bounty.How local farms approach the market season can differ widely from one grower to the next, said Vancouver Farmers Market director Jordan Boldt.“It really depends on the business model that works best for them,” Boldt said.Cole has sold at the Vancouver market for 16 years. But Nature’s Wild Harvest tends to see better sales at the Portland markets where produce options are more plentiful and people come looking for them, he said. Many vendors don’t work the same market all year; some come and go or emphasize a particular time of year depending on what’s in season.The Vancouver Farmers Market kicked off its 2014 season in March. Others in the county will start later this spring and summer.Coyote Ridge Ranch plans to sell this year at the Salmon Creek Farmers Market, which is open Tuesdays and Thursdays. Valerie Alexander, owner of the La Center-based farm, said that decision has a lot to do with the market’s clientele, and its manager, Ann Foster.last_img read more

Officials remove dozens of animals from Deer Park home

first_imgDeer Park officers investigating concerns about animal cruelty in a Deer Park home north of Spokane found 140 animals living in unsanitary conditions.KREM-TV reports that the SCRAPS animal protection officers who found the animals on Friday called it a “deplorable situation.” They said the conditions at the home were “horrific.” The owners told the officers that they wanted to start a farm.The officers said a rough count included 64 rabbits, 72 chickens, two turkeys, four goats, three pigs and three dogs.Some of the animals did not have water while others had water that was dirty with algae or feces. The property was covered in garbage, hazardous debris and animal waste. Some of the animals were in small cages and others stood in their own waste.All of the animals were taken to a veterinary center. After they recover, they will be put up for adoption.last_img read more

Police Man drives through yards causes power outages north of Vancouver

first_imgA Brush Prairie man was arrested after allegedly driving a pickup into several lawns and crashing into a power pole, causing localized outages Wednesday night. Timo T. Toristoja, 42, was driving a silver 2010 Ford F150 pickup east on Northeast 88th Street from St. Johns Boulevard when he left the roadway and drove over several lawns, damaging shrubbery and small trees, according to Clark County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Fred Neiman. The pickup struck two parked vehicles in the 5100 block of Northeast 88th Street and then crashed into a power pole, causing localized outages, Neiman said.Toristoja continued driving the heavily damaged truck, Neiman said, and eventually parked in the parking lot of Home Depot on Northeast Andresen Road. Toristoja was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run. He was evaluated by a dug recognition expert, Neiman said, and an additional charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants is pending the results of test results.last_img read more

Bills put focus on Gorge commission

first_imgProposed bills in both the Washington and Oregon legislatures this year could put a new spotlight on the relatively low-profile Columbia River Gorge Commission.Oregon state Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, has introduced a bill that would create a bistate task force to review the Gorge commission, the National Scenic Area Act that created it, and the role the two states play in supporting its mission. The bill would only take effect if Washington lawmakers adopt their own version of the proposal. Planning to introduce a similar bill in Olympia is Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, whose district includes the western edge of the Gorge scenic area.Many Oregon lawmakers are simply unaware of what the Gorge commission does or why it was created, Huffman said. He hopes a two-state task force will help change that.“Every session, I have to go to Salem and educate folks in the governor’s office, my legislative leadership and my other colleagues,” Huffman said. “Every other year, I’m going in and advocating for funding for the commission — adequate funding, which we never seem to get.”But if it’s hard for the Gorge commission to get noticed in Salem, it’s even harder in Olympia. The tiny agency’s funding comes equally from both states, and is determined by whichever state grants a lower amount. Often, that’s Washington. Eroding support has hobbled the Gorge commission’s budget in recent years, and the agency now functions on a staff of just six people.last_img read more

TurboJETs Hong KongMacau ferry sees 1H18 passenger decline but luxury class on

first_img RelatedPosts The number of passengers travelling between Hong Kong and Macau via Shun Tak Holdings Limited’s flagship ferry service, TurboJET, declined 3% year-on-year to 6.7 million in the six months to 30 June 2018. But the company reported a 14% increase in passengers using its Premier Grand class luxury travel segment, which the company attributed to enhancements made to its Premier Plus land transfer service and Premier Lounge facilities.The figures formed part of Shun Tak’s 1H18 results announcement on Friday, which saw group-wide revenue fall 45.9% to just under HK$2 billion and profit by 40.3% to HK$492.8 million – primarily due to fewer sales opportunities in its property segment in Macau and Hong Kong. Load More Ferry service provider TurboJET falls into loss as Hong Kong protests, bridge opening impact key Macau route Pansy Ho becomes first Macau casino boss to speak out for Hong Kong government on protests In the company’s transportation segment – headed by TurboJET – revenue fell slightly from HK$1.16 billion in the first half of 2017 to HK$1.14 billion, with profit declining by a similar level to HK$186 million.TurboJET controls ferry services into Macau’s Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal and has two berths at the recently opened Taipa Ferry Terminal.Shun Tak is also part of the consortium awarded a contract to operate shuttle bus services on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, due to open in the coming months. While the launch of another key transportation option for those travelling to Macau threatens to further reduce the number of passengers using ferries, Shun Tak said it remains confident in TurboJET’s long-term growth.“With the opening of the Bridge, TurboJET believes that its ferry business will sustain its pivotal role in the integrated transport network and remain resilient with newly generated traffic from increased cross-border exchanges and more diverse market segments in the long run,” it said.“The company will continue to sharpen its competitive edges by diversifying its offerings in order to respond to the changing market dynamics and build sustainability to its core business.” Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge helps Macau visitation climb 16.3% in Julylast_img read more

40 of expatriates do not have employerprovided medical benefits

first_imgTwo-fifths (40%) of expatriate respondents say they are not provided with medical benefits by their employer, according to research by Cigna.Its 2017 Cigna 360 wellbeing survey: globally mobile individuals report, which surveyed 2,003 individuals who work in markets outside of their birthplace in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and the United States, also found that 51% of respondents would prefer to return to their home countries to receive medical treatment, however, 13% are unable to do so due to a lack of insurance cover.The research also found:19% of respondents are worried about accidents, compared to 13% of the general working population;  13% fear suffering from mental illness and depression; and 3% are concerned about alcohol-related health problems.15% of respondents have no medical cover at all.53% believe health insurance is important when considering moving overseas.Just 13% of respondents believe they have sufficient money for retirement, and 88% say they do not have financial security if they are unable to work.75% of respondents enjoy the experience of working abroad.28% of respondents are very happy with the amount of time they have available to spend with their family.Jason Sadler (pictured), president at Cigna International Markets, said: “The results show that globally mobile individuals are more concerned than the general working population about their own health and wellbeing, and that of their families. Without exception, this group is worried about the consequences of personal or family member illness; an issue compounded by a gap in health benefits provided by their employers.“The survey shows health benefits are a very important factor when deciding to take an overseas posting. Despite this, there is a significant gap. There is a clear need for employers to pay attention to the health and wellbeing of their globally mobile employees. This duty of care should extend outside of the office when employers are interacting with their families and local community.”last_img read more

Hialeah Police motorman injured in crash on I95

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – All lanes were blocked on I-95 going southbound near Northwest 119th Street due to a Hialeah Police motorman-involved crash.Troopers blocked the HOV lanes as fire rescue and police department officials arrived to the scene, where a motorcycle was seen on its side.According to police, at around 11:45 a.m., the Hialeah Police motorman was involved in an accident that left the officer with injuries severe enough to require air transport via helicopter to Jackson Memorial Hospital.The police officer is expected to be OK.Officials temporarily closed both the northbound and southbound lanes. However, shortly after, they opened up all of the lanes.The southbound lanes were backed up at least to 151st Street, causing heavy delays.last_img read more

Zombie costumed bikers take part in annual Key West ride

first_imgKEY WEST, FLA. (WSVN) – A parade of zombies took over the Florida Keys Sunday night for the annual Zombie Bike Ride.In a video provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, more than 8,000 zombies pedaled through the streets with chalked up faces during the ride.Residents dressed up in everything from zombie bridal gowns to tattered tutus and top hats.The ride came to an end with a huge party on Duval Street.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Highcuts and stripes Summer swimsuit trends

first_imgFrom bold patterns to hip looks, there are plenty of ways to hit the beach this summer. Of course, you might want to hit the gym, too!Swimsuits are priced between $59 to $200.FOR MORE INFO:Versakinihttps://www.versakini.com/Amanda Pernahttp://www.amandaperna.com/Salty Mermaidhttps://saltymermaid.comToxic Sadiehttp://www.toxicsadie.com/ Amanda Perna: “So this bathing suit is Toxic Sadie, and this is super sexy. You see a whole bunch of hip, which shows off your legs even more than the regular high cut.Another popular look? Stripes.Taylor Swift loves her stripes, and why not? They elongate the body for a slimming look.Amanda Perna: “I think stripes, they last forever. They never go out of style. They’re always really cool, and they’re huge for 2017.”Amanda Perna: “All of the celebs are wearing these trends. You see Gigi Hadid, one of my favorites, wearing a lot of stripes. Here is our striped trend. This is a little candy-colored stripe. It’s fun, playful, especially for all of us South Florida girls.”And stripes can go all different ways.Amanda Perna: “I love how the stripe is going in a different direction. You see some of the stripe in the back, it’s going horizontal, and then you see it going diagonally in the front.” Trends come and go, but one thing’s for sure — sexy never goes out of style. From high-cut suits to stripes, Deco’s checking out two hot looks for summer.Swimsuit season is heating up in South Florida, and one trend is a cut above the rest — we’re talking high cut swimsuits.Think Pam Anderson circa 1992. Deco hit the Betsy Hotel on Miami Beach for a preview.Amanda Perna: “So the high-waisted, high-cut trend is everywhere, on every celebrity. It really does accent your body and elongate you and make you look super hot.”“Project Runway” contestant Amanda Perna showed off looks from Versakini. Celebs like Nicki Minaj and Vanessa Hudgens are rocking the trend, and you can, too.Amanda Perna: “This is a combo of stripes and high cut. This is one of Versakini’s reversible ones.”And designers are taking the high-cut to new heights. center_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Driver OK after car struck by TriRail train

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – A car was struck by a Tri-Rail train, Thursday morning, which shut down parts of Pembroke Road.7Skyforce HD was over the scene where a four-door sedan was severely damaged on its passenger side, but the driver was seen OK and walking near the car.Hollywood Police confirmed there were no injuries as a result of the crash.The train service was shut down as officials worked to clear the scene.Traffic was also shut down near Pembroke Road west of I-95, where the train tracks are located.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

3 shot in separate drivebys in NW SW MiamiDade

first_imgIf you have any information on any of these shootings, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took three people to the hospital after they were injured in separate drive-by shootings in Northwest Miami-Dade and Southwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the first shooting at 22250 S.W. 117th Ave., at around 11 a.m., Saturday.The second shooting happened in the same area, at Southwest 214th Street and 117th Avenue.Police are searching for black Toyota four-door vehicle in connection to these shootings but have not provided details about the victims.Hours later, just after 4:15 p.m., police responded to the scene of a third shooting at Northwest 68th Street and 20th Avenue in Northwest Miami-Dade.Officials said the victim in that incident sustained traumatic injuries and was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital in unknown condition.Investigators have not specified whether they have made any arrests. last_img read more

Coast Guard rescues 2 people dog from boat fire off Islamorada

first_imgNEAR ISLAMORADA, Fla. (WSVN) — Two people and a dog were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard after a boat caught fire off Islamorada in the Florida Keys.The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said the 48-foot vessel caught fire about two to three miles offshore, at 2:06 p.m., Wednesday. Boat fire reported off Islamorada: https://t.co/RmY672b0bj pic.twitter.com/y51FYD4NY6— Florida Keys Sheriff (@mcsonews) April 17, 2019No injuries were reported.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

All clear given after suspicious smell at UM building found to be

first_imgCORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – The all clear has been given after a building on the University of Miami Coral Gables campus was evacuated following the report of a suspicious odor.Coral Gables Police and Fire Rescue crews responded to the campus, located at 1320 South Dixie Highway, just before 10:30 a.m., Wednesday. Gables Campus – UPDATE: Hillel building has been cleared for re-entry by UMPD and Gables Fire. Stanford Dr traffic has been re-opened to its regular pattern.— UMiami ENN Alerts (@UMiamiENN) July 24, 2019 Police have confirmed the smell was not a gas leak but did not release further details.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Time Incs Maghound Set to Debut in September

first_imgAfter almost four years of continuous development and testing, Maghound.com, Time Inc.’s Netflix-like service for magazines, is finally set to launch this September, Dave Ventresca, president of Maghound Enterprises, Inc., told attendees of the 2008 Circulation Management Conference in Chicago Tuesday.Ventresca gave a detailed presentation called “A Look Inside the Maghound.com Model,” which included a step-by-step account of how the idea was born and developed as well as a demo of how the site will operate once launched. According to Ventresca, 280 titles are currently on board with the service. He hopes to have 300 titles participating by the launch and 400 by the end of the year. Maghound.com allows consumers to choose titles from a variety of publishers for a mix-and-match “subscriptions” where they pay one monthly fee and have the ability to switch titles at any time. Unlike traditional subscriptions, members aren’t locked in their memberships and can cancel whenever they wish. Ventresca says that Maghound.com offers “flexibility, choice, control and personalization.”“There has been this major paradigm shift in the way consumers shop, pay for and manage the services they choose,” Ventresca said. “And this shift has occurred everywhere except for magazines. We still sell on a fixed-term subscription or by single copy with no innovation. And [Maghound] is hoping to change that.” Ventresca added that, most importantly, Magahound.com offers what traditional subs haven’t in the past: transparency. “As a member, you have a very clear indication of when you’re going to receive your subscription and when you’re going to be charged. Circulation has always been publisher-centric. With Maghound, it becomes consumer-centric.”Tiered Pricing The pricing for a membership is tiered—three titles for $3.95 per month, five titles for $7.95, seven titles for $9.95, and $1 per title for eight titles or more. Titles that have a non-discounted traditional sub rate of around $19 or more per year are considered “premium” titles and will have an extra $2 fee per month (10-15 percent of titles fall in this category). First-time users will also be eligible for a free one month trial.The titles sold via Maghound for now will be classified as single-copy sales on ABC and BPA audits with the possibility of a separate classification being created for the service in the future. Members will receive their copies in the mail at roughly the same time as traditional subscriptions. Maghound will retain complete rights to member names in order to keep customers from getting saturated with direct mail and emails from multiple publishers at the same time.According to Ventresca, testing done on the beta version shows that the site is not only bringing more convenient service, but also the right type of readers. “We found that those who really responded to the site were of a younger, more affluent and highly educated demographic,” he said. “ And those are the type of people that we went. They are the ones who subscribe to multiple titles.”Testing also revealed that there was only a light amount of cannibalization of traditional subscriptions when consumers used the Maghound service. “Testing showed that the new Time Inc. subs weren’t coming from customers who subscribed to Time Inc. titles before, nor were they even recent expires,” Ventresca said.Although the site will not launch until September, he added that the company is already working on “Maghound.com 1.2“ and beyond, which will include new customer offers, improved member targeting, streamlined customer care methods and expanded fulfillment options.last_img read more

FOLIO Poll Will You Launch a Tablet App This Year

first_imgNearly every day, multiple magazines announce they are launching an app for smartphones or tablets. It’s not just the big guys either-smaller publishers are launching apps as well. The question isn’t whether magazines on tablets will be huge, but how soon should a publisher embrace the opportunity? Popular Science has been an early adopter from the start, and feels the relatively low numbers in sales (PopSci leads all Bonnier titles-many of which are making an aggressive tablet push of their own-in digital single copy sales, generating 10,000 to 12,000 per month on the iPad) are worth the experience in creating a successful app. But while some larger publishers can put time and resources toward experimentation, smaller publishers need to see a return right away. According to a recent Nxtbook survey, 47.8 percent of respondents say they are aggressively moving to mobile apps, while 36.3 percent say they plan to but don’t feel any rush. Just 3.3 percent say they have no plans at this time to offer apps for tablets or mobile, with budget constraints being the largest obstacle.We decided to ask a variation of that topic again. Do you plan to launch a tablet app this year or are there other areas that demand your attention first? Will you launch a mobile/tablet app in 2011?Yes. The opportunity is tremendous and we need to be there now.No. We don’t see a revenue opportunity at this time and we need to put our resources toward things that make money now.VoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.com
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Pew Report Android Ownership Continues to Surpass iPhone

first_imgStay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter! Smartphone Ownership Continues to GrowWhile device preferences are consistently changing, there has been steady growth in the number of American adults acquiring smartphones. A majority of the American adult population now owns a smartphone of some kind, with 56 percent of those surveyed now adopting some kind of smartphone. That number represents a 21 percent increase over the last two years.“Every major demographic group experienced significant year-to-year growth in smartphone ownership between 2012 and 2013, although seniors—defined as those 65 and older—continue to exhibit relatively low adoption levels compared with other demographic groups,” the report says. “Younger adults—regardless of income level—are very likely to be smartphone owners.”About 79 percent of those aged 18-24 now own a smartphone, and 81 percent of those aged 25-34 do as well. Women are slightly less likely to own a smartphone, with 53 percent of female adults reporting they do, compared to 59 percent of men. Though the struggle for market dominance between Android and Apple continues to rage on, it seems the former has won the latest battle in the war of scale. According to a new report released today by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, there are currently more Andorid cellphone owners than there are iPhone owners.Android owners now represent 28 percent of all cell owners, while iPhone owners now represent 25 percent of the cell owner population. Ownership of Android devices has consistently outpaced iPhone, though the gap seems to be growing—in February 2012, 19 percent of cell owners said their device was an iPhone, with 20 percent saying they owned an Android.As Android and Apple products continue to gain market share, Blackberry and Windows phones continue to lose dominance. The proportion of cell owners who say they own a Blackberry device has fallen from 10 percent in May 2011 to just 4 percent in this most recent survey. Similarly, Windows’ share has fallen from 2 percent to 1 percent during the same period. last_img read more

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