Former TCI Premier calls for demonstration and resignations

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, August 2, 2017 – Providenciales – Former Premier Michael Misick is the latest to issue a media statement about the escalating violent crime which is threatening the TCIs, safe destination reputation and says,  “the British could care less about what is happening here but just want to hang on to us for the strategic importance of having prime real estate 500 miles away from the US.”    The comment is followed by another demand, by Misick for the Police Commissioner to resign and for him to be replaced by a Turks and Caicos Islander.Michael Misick believes it is wrong for the top three police officers of the islands to all be foreign and said the current administration, led by Sharlene Robinson is not strong or assertive enough, he says.   “Our country is going through the worst crisis we have ever gone through, one that if not contained immediately will cost us our economy and livelihood.”In the meanwhile, the leader, referring to Premier Robinson is nowhere to be found.   Michael Misick also believes the public should have been demonstrating and demanding for Governor, Premier and Commissioner to resign.    The former premier, who is on trial for alleged corruption also bemoans the cost of the trial, which he contends is senseless.  He said the price tag is $2M per month of public funds and so far, spent is $100M for “the prosecution is getting rich on the backs of our country and its outstanding, upstanding, law abiding citizens.”Misick said the money would be better used on CCTV, boats, planes, helicopters and other equipment to fight crime.   The 2017 election candidate is calling for a march to end the talk and take action to take the country back from the British, the gunmen, the illegal immigrants and from the Grace Bay Boys.#MagneticMediaNews#Misickcallsfordemonstrationsandresignations Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Misickcallsfordemonstrationsandresignationslast_img read more

Hurricane Irma dies on Tuesday lived 17 days from wave to super

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 14, 2017 – Nassau – If you are wondering what happened to hurricane Irma, well she died or dissipated over the southern United States since Tuesday.  Irma is blamed for the deaths of 79 people, including 43 in the Caribbean.  The storm, which was historic for so many reasons, first caught forecasters attention on August 27th as a tropical wave off the west African coast, after which she quickly developed into one of the strongest storms in history, wind speeds were put at 185mph which is well above Cat 5 qualification.While some countries have not yet reported on the cost of the storm to their nation, it is already estimated that hurricane Irma left a damage price tag of over $62 billion.  It was one week ago today that Hurricane Irma touched down in the TCI and South eastern Bahamas.#MagneticMediaNewsPhoto credit: ABC7 New York Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp New, stringent posture on illegal construction makes fines, personal demolition and possible deportation legal says PDM Minister, law now passed Recommended for you August 30th – One Year since Hurricane Irma named FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizing Related Items:#HurricaneIrma, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Citizen Security Justice Programme Employability Survey Link

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 8, 2017 – Nassau – With two (2) days left before the registration process ends for the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) Employability Survey, the Bahamas Department of Labour along with the Ministry of National Security makes final efforts to ensure that as many at-risk, unemployed youth between the ages of 16-29 years of age are able to fully embrace this opportunity for both soft skills and technical skills training and job placement.The launch of the programme signals a step in the right direction towards an alternate approach to crime reduction and employability, targeted specifically towards youth that fall in the requisite categories.   The demographic of young persons (Bahamian or Permanent Residents) between the ages of 16-29 years old, who are currently unemployed and have not completed high school is the target grouping.Patricia Rolle, Department of Labour, Public Employment Services Officer noted that while the focus areas include Kemp Road, East Street, Englerston, Bain & Grants Town, Yellow Elder, Fox Hill, Nassau Village, and Centreville persons from all areas in New Providence are eligible to apply once they meet the criteria.Chet Pratt, Programme Consultant announced today that an online survey link is now accessible to the public who wish to register, but may not have the ability to physically visit the Department of Labour Offices at Rosetta Street or Robinson Road.   The survey link is www.surveymonkey.com/r/csjpemployabilityThe Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), facilitated by the Ministry of National Security in partnership with the Department of Labour is funded by a $20 million loan from theInter-American Development Bank (IDB).   The programme seeks to address four (4) major pillars which include Community Crime Prevention, Employability and Training of At-Risk Youth, Improving the Efficiency of the Court System and methods of reducing the recidivism rate through a parole system. Press Release: Ministry of Labourcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

San Diego woman suffers lifethreatening injuries after Tinder date

first_imgSan Diego woman suffers life-threatening injuries after Tinder date Updated: 4:26 PM Sasha Foo, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A San Diego woman says a man she met on a popular dating app almost got her killed.30-year-old Korren Knapp-Grada is still recovering from the injuries she suffered on May 29 last year, after she agreed to meet a man in a Gaslamp Quarter bar in San Diego. The two had made contact through the dating app, Tinder.The man who called himself “John” seemed nice when they met. The last thing she said she recalls is that he ordered her a drink.Two weeks later, she woke up in a hospital. She was suffering from life-threatening injuries after being struck by two hit-and-run drivers on Interstate 8 not far from the Viejas Casino.A semi-truck driver came to her rescue and dragged Corren off the freeway to safety.With her right leg mangled, her pelvis crushed and her bladder lacerated, Knapp-Grada said she has had twenty surgeries in the last year and still more surgeries are ahead. She said that while she was in the hospital, tests showed she had been given a “date rape” drug.Although she said she has little memory of what happened that night, she believes that the stranger she met on Tinder will eventually be identified. Knapp-Grada said as she regains her strength, she plans to meet with the California Highway Patrol, to give investigators more information. Posted: April 11, 2018center_img Sasha Foo April 11, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Bad to worse Poway DMV experiencing 5 hour wait times

first_imgBad to worse: Poway DMV experiencing 5 hour wait times Posted: May 16, 2018 Updated: 5:29 PM Dan Plante, Dan Plante center_img May 16, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsPOWAY (KUSI) — It’s the stuff of legend. Everyone has a horror story about dealing with the California D.M.V. But things have gone from bad to worse, especially in Poway.“This is ridiculous. I got here at 6:30 in the morning and it’s now 12:20. What is the matter with this place,” said Dan Moroney.“I was here last week at about 11:00 in the morning. The lady came out and said I was too late, I should go home. So I’m here today and it’s been seven hours,” Moroney said.Like Dan, thousands of people are wondering why the really bad waiting lines have gotten even worse. There is an answer, sort of.You see, the new year brought a new computer system over at the California D.M.V. Starting on January first, all that paperwork has to be entered into a “computer,” BY YOU.Not the D.M.V.Until now, workers at the D.M.V. would take your old-school paperwork, and enter that information into the computer. That task has now been transferred to all of us. You’d think it might make things faster, but it’s not.“I was told to go into the computer room, then I finished that. Then they told me to stand on a red carpet. Then another red carpet. They are definitely understaffed and very disorganized,” said Pauline Fabian.Lot’s of frustration. Lot’s of anger. Lot’s of finger pointing, especially at Sacremento.“I think it’s the Government at it’s best. They do nothing,” said Michael Virgil.Ironically, these longer waiting lines are happening at a time when all of us are paying more than ever at the D.M.V.The new “tax” went into effect on January first. A minimum of $25, maximum of $175, depending on your car. So we’re all paying record rates, with record long lines.But there’s a light at the end of this tunnel, and it’s not a train.By the end of summer, The D.M.V. will upgrade the new system, and all that paper/computer work can be done on your home computer. Now that will save time.Until then, painful stuff. If patience is a virtue, then it’s time to be virtuous. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Water main break in Midway District prompts road closure businesses without service

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A water main break flooded a Midway District block Sunday evening, leaving businesses in the area without service, a city official said.Pooling water on Midway Boulevard between Barnett Avenue and Rosecrans Street was first reported about 5:15 p.m., San Diego city spokesman Arian Collins said.City employees determined an 18-inch diameter water pipe was broken and quickly set to repairs. Ed Lenderman was live Monday morning to check on their progress.All businesses in the area — an undetermined number — were out of service while crews worked, Collins said.The flooded stretch of Midway Boulevard was also closed to traffic.It’s unclear when the work will be completed or when the street will reopen. Ed Lenderman Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: August 6, 2018 Water main break in Midway District prompts road closure, businesses without service August 6, 2018 Ed Lenderman, last_img read more

Robots join security team at Pechanga Resort and Casino

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsTEMECULA (KUSI) – Just one step into a casino and you’re being watched by a small army of security cameras, some like to call them the eye in the sky.Pechanga Resort & Casino is already equipped with the necessary manpower, 300 security workers and thousands of cameras, but now they’re adding something revolutionary to their team.Chuck Konrath thought it looked like a scene out of the Jetsons saying, “I walked by and I asked somebody, what is that? They said, well, it’s a new security robot and whatever it was, it came by and kinda looked at me and I’m like, what!”And Chuck is right, you’ll now see two robot security guards roaming the halls at Pechanga Resort and Casino. Robots join security team at Pechanga Resort and Casino Updated: 6:10 PM November 20, 2018 Posted: November 20, 2018center_img , Hanging with my new friend…His name is Buddy, the robot — and he’s the newest addition to the security team at Pechanga! Heck yes! What would you ask him?? @KUSINews pic.twitter.com/UJVOiMDaEo— Dani Ruberti (@DaniRuberti) July 26, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Pechanga Resort and Casino FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

San Diego City Council approves regulatory framework for dockless scooters and bicycles

first_imgSan Diego City Council approves regulatory framework for dockless scooters and bicycles April 23, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 23, 2019 KUSI Newsroom center_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to tentatively approve a regulatory package for dockless electric scooters, bicycles and the companies that own them.The ordinance includes a litany of changes designed to improve public safety while also keeping dockless mobility companies in the region as an affordable transportation alternative. The city plans to use state grant funding to pay local law enforcement officers overtime to enforce the regulations.The package will limit the speed of dockless scooters from 15 mph to 8 mph in high-traffic areas like Spanish Landing, near Petco Park and boardwalks in the city’s beach communities, and as low as 3 mph along the Embarcadero and the Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade.“At the end of the day this is a good starting point,” said City Councilman Scott Sherman. “It’s not going to be where we end up. … The fact that both sides probably aren’t totally happy with what is happening here today means we probably have a fairly good deal somewhere in the middle.”Scooter companies like Bird, Lime and Razor will be required to use geofencing technology on their scooters to limit speeds and parking abilities in designated areas around the city. Lime and Bird already use geofencing to reduce scooter speeds in areas like the Santa Monica Beach Bike Path.The city has begun to designate 330 scooter parking zones along city streets so as to decrease the number of scooters parked on sidewalks. In downtown, scooter riders and companies will only be able to park devices in groups of four, with at least 40 feet between groups.Many of the package’s supporters were representatives of Bird, Lime, Razor and Jump, a dockless bicycle and scooter company owned by the ride- booking company Uber. The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and public transit advocacy group Circulate San Diego also endorsed the ordinance.“We look forward to a continued partnership and to regulations that advance our shared objectives of making the city even more livable by reducing car usage, traffic and carbon emissions,” said Bird spokeswoman Kyndell Gaglio.Most opponents of the package favored an outright ban of dockless transit devices throughout the city, let alone on the city’s sidewalks. City Councilwoman Jennifer Campbell said she’d be one such opponent had she been on the council when they first arrived in San Diego early last year.“I have a call to action to these companies that own these devices,” Campbell said. “If they successfully obtain a permit, you must do your part to keep our residents safe with rider education and accountability and I will be watching.”Campbell and City Councilwoman Barbara Bry said they would support a future ban on riding dockless scooters along boardwalks in the city’s beach neighborhoods, which city officials may draft in the coming weeks and months along with other changes to facets of the ordinance like which areas are designated 3 mph and 8 mph zones.Some opponents also suggested that the council is responsible for residents’ injuries and deaths due to scooter-related incidents.The regulations include a provision indemnifying the city for scooter- related accidents and injuries. The scooter companies will also be required to maintain liability insurance of up to $2 million per accident and $4 million aggregate.The city will require that scooter companies obtain a six-month operational permit with a $5,141 fee and pay $150 per scooter or bike each year to continue operating in San Diego. According to the city, revenue from the per- device fee will be added to the city’s general fund to be used for scooter safety outreach, law enforcement and various transportation infrastructure improvements.Companies can renew permits only in January or July, at which time they will have a chance to negotiate operating terms like fleet size, which they are not currently required to report to the city. Companies could also add a special event provision to their operating permit to increase fleet size by 20 percent for 10 days per year for $15 per scooter, per day.Mayor Kevin Faulconer first proposed a regulatory framework for dockless scooters and bikes in October.The council’s Active Transportation and Infrastructure Committee unanimously approved the full regulatory package in February and requested that it return to the committee within six months of its implementation for further review and to ensure the city is keeping pace with the evolution of technologies like geofencing.“The way people get around town has changed quite a bit and we’re embracing that by putting in place common-sense rules to protect the quality of life in our neighborhoods,” Faulconer said in a statement.“These new regulations allow us to hold these companies accountable for their actions while establishing clear rules of the road to ensure this evolving industry grows in a safe and responsible way.”The council must vote on the ordinance a second time for it to take effect. A date has not been set for the second vote. Updated: 11:02 AMlast_img read more

Gig companies urging their workers to protest Lorena Gonzalezs AB5 bill

first_img Mike McKinnon III Mike McKinnon III, Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher FacebookTwitter Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez’s bill, AB5, has already passed the state assembly but has many concerned about the impact on their personal pay, and company expenses.The bill “creates a presumption that a worker who performs services for a hirer is an employee for purposes of claims for wages and benefits arising under wage orders issued by the Industrial Welfare Commission. Existing law requires a 3-part test, commonly known as the “ABC” test, to establish that a worker is an independent contractor for those purposes.”The bill continues, “This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to codify the decision in the Dynamex case and clarify its application. The bill would provide that the factors of the “ABC” test be applied in order to determine the status of a worker as an employee or independent contractor for all provisions of the Labor Code and the Unemployment Insurance Code.”Many gig companies are worried that this change of having independent contractors become employees would destroy their business models. They fear the increased cost of an employee versus a contractor would cause layoffs and the contractors fear losing their schedules flexibility and a decrease in pay.The bill’s author, Lorena Gonzalez, claims the independent contractors will greatly benefit from becoming employees.Uber and Lyft are some of the biggest and well known companies that hire independent contractors instead of employees. Gig companies like these have been warning workers they would lose the flexibility if Gonzalez’s AB5 is signed into law.The Los Angeles Times reported Monday that drivers for Uber and Lyft who attended the July 9 rally in Sacramento were promised $25 to $100 to cover their “travel, parking, and time,” to be paid within five days of the event. The money came from the I’m Independent Coalition—a group funded by the California Chamber of Commerce, several other professional and trade groups, as well as companies—which also helped organize the rally, according to the paper.The top executives from Uber and Lyft published an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle that pointed out the major differences of gig work and the “forced schedules of rigid and hourly shifts of traditional.Although ride sharing companies are the most well known to hire independent contractors, many other occupations like tattoo artists, hair stylists, photographers, fitness trainers and more prefer to work as independent contractors instead of employees.This video from February 28, 2019 shows a group of exotic dancers protesting Gonzalez’s bill with signs saying things like, “Make Stripping Great Again.” More information on that protest can be seen here. Posted: July 16, 2019center_img July 16, 2019 Gig companies urging their workers to protest Lorena Gonzalez’s AB5 bill Updated: 4:08 PMlast_img read more

Go 113 Brings Centralized Module Mirror Proxy and Checksum Database

first_imgThis checksum database allows the go command to safely use an otherwise untrusted proxy. Because there is an auditable security layer sitting on top of it, a proxy or origin server can’t intentionally, arbitrarily, or accidentally start giving you the wrong code without getting caught. While leaving the language mostly unchanged, Go 1.13 brings a number of improvements to the toolchain, runtime, and libraries, including a relatively controversial default Go module proxy and Checksum database that requires developers to accept a specific Google privacy policy.At the language level, Go 1.13 supports a more uniform set of prefixes for numeric literals, such as 0b for binary numbers, 0x for hexadecimal numbers, 0o for octals, and so on. The new version also enables the use of signed shift counts with operators <>, thus removing the need for uint type casting when using them. Both changes do not break Go’s promise of source compatibility with previous versions of the language.More extensive are the improvements to the toolchain, including: some polish for go get so it works more consistently in both module-aware and GOPATH mode; support for version suffix @patch when getting a package; additional validation on the requested version string; improved analysis of which variables and expressions could be allocated on the stack instead of heap; and more.In particular, the Go module system now supports out-of-the-box the module mirror and checksum database Google recently launched. The module mirror is aimed to improve go get performance by implementing a more efficient fetching mechanism in comparison with that of what version management systems such as Git provide, and effectively acts as a proxy to the package sources. For example, the module mirror does not require downloading the full commit history of a repository. In addition, it provides an API more suited to package management, which includes operations to get a list of versions of a package, information about a package version, a mode and zip file for a given version, and so on.The checksum database also aims to ensure your packages are trusted. Prior to its introduction, the Go package manager used to ensure authenticity of a package using its go.sum file, which basically contains a list of SHA-256 hashes. With this approach, the authenticity of a package is established on its first download, then checked against for each subsequent download. The checksum database is a single source of truth which can be used to ensure a package is legit, even the first time it is downloaded by comparing its go.sum with the information stored in the database. Another complaint concerns the requirement to accept a specific Google privacy policy which could change at any time in future. It should be noted that developers can disable the go get default behaviour by setting the following environment variables:go env -w GOPROXY=directgo env -w GOSUMDB=off This is considered not robust enough, though, due to the possibility of those variables not being set by mistake, e.g., on a new machine, or being inadvertently cleared, e.g. when using su -.While the new module mirror and checksum database undoubtely improve Go module system performance and security, there is a chance that their acceptance may not be very high among privacy-conscious developers until the Google Go team reviews its approach by making the usage `off` by default, or by providing a more robust way to disable them, especially in enterprise environments, where accepting the Google privacy policy could entail some complication. InfoQ will keep reporting on this as new information becomes available.center_img This is the first language in my 23 years of programming that reports my usage back to the language authors. It’s unprecedented. The announcement of the new module mirror and checksum database sparked a reaction from developers worried about Google being able to track what packages developers use if they do not modify go get default configuration:last_img

WISHH Travels to Africa

first_imgDuring the week of December 4th the ASA’s WISHH Regional Director of Africa Josh Neiderman traveled to Senegal for meetings with market development partners.  Alongside the WISHH West Africa Representative Mamadou Bousso, Mr. Neiderman met with multiple stakeholders that participated in the USDA funded Global Based Initiative (GBI) conference, held in September, in order to follow up on new market development activities. Neiderman and Bousso visited multiple GBI attendees, including representatives from the Institute of Food Technology (ITA), USDA/FAS, the Senegal School Feeding Program, Counterpart International, and the food company Patisen.ITA is a food research and business incubation group based in Dakar, Senegal. WISHH has been working with them to develop their technical capabilities for incorporating soy ingredients into local foods. In November WISHH sent soy foods technology consultant Suresh Itapu to train ITA representatives on the use of soy in blended cereals, beverages, and baked goods (pictured).Additionally, visits were made to multiple feed producers that will be involved in the upcoming poultry and aquaculture feeding trials, sponsored through USDA’s Emerging Markets Program (EMP). Animal feed value chain partners Avisen, NMA Sanders, GMD, Sedima, IPAS and the National Aquaculture Agency were visited to discuss their interest in importing U.S. soybean meal.Photo Caption: Suresh Itapu works with Senegalese bakers from ITA on how to adapt their recipes to include varying amounts of defatted soy flour. Neiderman and Bousso met with ITA representatives to identify the next steps in this market development activity.last_img read more

Voters here have national attention

first_imgWashington voters have the nation’s attention as they weigh in this week on key races — for U.S. Senate and the 3rd Congressional District — that could help shift the balance of power in Congress.Ballots must be postmarked by 8 p.m. Tuesday in the state’s top two primary. In Clark County, about 22 percent of ballots had been returned by Thursday. County auditor Greg Kimsey has predicted a 38 percent return when all the ballots are counted. The Clark County Elections Department mailed 218,162 primary ballots in July, the most ever.In one of the state’s marquee races, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, a three-term Democrat who has ascended to the Senate’s leadership circle during her 18 years of service, faces her toughest challenge yet from Republican Dino Rossi, a former state senator and two-time candidate for governor. Rossi, who was recruited by the Senate Republican leadership, is campaigning on Murray’s record as a “big spender” who helped create the mounting federal deficit. Murray has vigorously defended her success in delivering federal projects for Washington. Tea Party candidate Clint Didier, a farmer and former pro football player who landed the endorsement of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is considered a long shot to edge out Rossi and place in the top two.last_img read more

Wrecks galore this morning

first_imgSeveral traffic accidents have taken place in the metro area this morning.In downtown Vancouver, Washington Street was closed this morning between East 15th and Mill Plain Boulevard. Chris Moen of the Vancouver Fire Department said a commercial box truck and an SUV were involved in a sideswipe wreck that resulted in the truck’s diesel tank being lodged beneath the bumper of the SUV and punctured. The street has since reopened.There were no injuries in the crash. Firefighters quickly responded to the about 8:45 a.m. incident, separated the vehicles and tipped the tank on its end to stop the leak. “Immediately, that stopped it,” Moen said.Oil sheen was visible in a small pool of water at the intersection of Washington Street and East 15th Street. The commercial truck provides pick-up service of used appliances. Absorbent has been spread across the roadway to sop up leaked fuel.The Washington Department of Ecology, Clark County EMS and Clark County Public Works all contributed to the cleanup. The Vancouver Police Department is investigating the wreck.Two accidents occurred on Interstate 5 southbound between Main Street and Fourth Plain. One person involved in the rear-end crash near the Fourth Plain exit was transported to an area hospital with neck injuries, said Steve Schatzel, a Washington State Patrol spokesman. Additional details were not immediately available.last_img read more

Appeal delayed for man who sought to have wife killed

first_imgA decision on whether a Vancouver man — convicted of trying to hire a hit man to kill or assault his wife — should be granted a new trial has been postponed until at least August.Clark County Superior Court Judge Robert Lewis began hearing testimony this week concerning issues raised by the defense in the 2008 trial of Dino Constance.Through Seattle attorney Neil Fox, Constance is appealing his conviction by accusing Prosecutor Tony Golik, who tried Constance’s case as a deputy prosecutor, of misconduct. Constance is also alleging that his defense attorney didn’t adequately represent him.Fox told the judge that he needed more time to interview witnesses. Lewis set another two days of testimony for Aug. 3 and 4.Secret ‘deal’ deniedThis week, Zachary Brown — one of the four men whom Constance solicited to attack his wife — testified that he was not given a favorable plea deal in exchange for his testimony against Constance. Constance had argued that Golik was guilty of cutting a deal with Brown and not disclosing this to the defense.The pending appeal was a focus of the final weeks of November’s Clark County prosecuting attorney race. Golik’s opponent in the November election, Brent Boger, tried to use Constance’s allegations to discredit Golik to voters.last_img read more

Hundreds get clear view of volcano

first_imgRediscovered photos show path of ash cloudOnline special section about Mount St. HelensJOHNSTON RIDGE — The clouds parted, the sun came out, and hundreds of people took advantage of free admission Wednesday to visit Johnston Ridge Observatory on the 31st anniversary of the cataclysmic 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.Highway 504 to the monument was plowed and clear, the observatory itself sported new windows, doors and carpeting, and three consoles installed last week offered new interactive touch-screen displays showing the return of life to the mountain over the past three decades.But the real show was outdoors, where a crowd gathered to take in the stunning close-up view of the volcano’s snowy crater — just three miles away — as Forest Service interpretive guide Todd Cullings described the forces that created the alien landscape spread out before them.Lori and Tony Martin of Portland were having a “staycation” when they decided to make the drive to the mountain Wednesday morning. “It was free, it was the anniversary, it just seemed like we were meant to come up here,” Tony Martin said. “It kind of makes you feel guilty” not to have visited one of the Northwest’s premier natural wonders, he added. A group of geology and biology students from Albion College in Michigan were touring the state for a week with their professor and lucked out with perfect weather on the day they’d picked to visit the volcano.last_img read more

21000 in Clark County look for work

first_imgScott Bailey, regional labor economist Although Clark County’s economy is slowly on the mend, its workers still show the bruises of the worst crash since the Great Depression.Since 2008, about 14,000 people have dropped out of the labor force, according to Scott Bailey, regional labor economist for the Washington state Employment Security Department. And, currently, more than 21,000 job seekers in the county remain unemployed.Bailey delivered those and other sobering numbers Friday to about 20 people who attended a panel discussion at the Harvest Restaurant in downtown Camas. The event was sponsored by the Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association. Jeanne Bennett, executive director of the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council, also spoke.Bailey focused on local, state and national labor market conditions. Clark County’s unemployment rate stands at 10 percent, Bailey said, “a couple points” higher than the rates of joblessness in the Portland metro area and Washington state. By another broader measure of labor market inertia — the underemployment rate, which includes involuntary part-time workers and those who’ve given up looking for work but who still want a job — things are worse.In the U.S., the underemployment rate is roughly 14 percent, Bailey said. In Clark County, it’s likely about 20 percent.Bailey said the problem is on a national level, where no one seems to be doing anything about a condition in which millions of Americans remain out of work.last_img read more

Everclear to headline Couvapalooza music festival

first_imgWhat: Couvapalooza 2013 music festival.Where: Clark College, South Campus field, East McLoughlin Boulevard.When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 17.Cost: $25. Children 12 and younger enter for free with a paying adult.Information:couvapalooza.comEverclear will headline the 2013 Couvapalooza music festival.The 11-hour festival on Aug. 17 will be held at Clark College. It’s a fundraiser put on by VistaRocks4Charity, LLC for regional music education programs. It features a variety of up-and-coming bands from across the country.Everclear, which formed in Portland, has sold more than 9 million albums globally. Fronted by Art -Alexakis, the band is a great addition to the festival’s second-year lineup, organizers said.“I have deep concerns for the health and future of music education,” said Michael Troxler, event manager for Couvapalooza. “In talking with artists and bands, they all felt very strongly about being a part of efforts to ‘give back’ and supporting school programs.”Couvapalooza also focuses on emerging musical talent from all genres. This year’s show includes performances by Santa Barbara, Calif., rock band Winchester Rebels, Seattle-based alternative country singer Dylan Jakobsen, and pop ‘n’ roll Dallas artist Remington. Local bands Smoochknob, One From Many, Foreign Talks, Seth Myzel and the Battle Ground High School Advanced Jazz Band will also play. An after-party event is set for Malibu’s Restaurant and Bar, 115 E. Seventh St., following the festival.A beer and wine garden managed by Northwest Battle Buddies will be available for those 21 and older. Couvapalooza 2013 will be on the South Campus field along East McLoughlin Boulevard from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $25. Children 12 and younger are free with a paying adult.last_img read more

Officials 4 dead 16 injured in Fort Hood shooting

first_imgFORT HOOD, Texas — A soldier opened fire Wednesday on fellow service members at the Fort Hood military base, killing three people and wounding 16 before committing suicide at the same post where more than a dozen people were slain in a 2009 attack, authorities said.The shooter, who served in Iraq in 2011, had been undergoing an assessment to determine whether he had post-traumatic stress disorder, according to Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, the senior officer on the base.There was no indication the attack was related to terrorism, Milley said.A Texas congressman said the shooting happened at a medical center. Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, also identified the suspect as Ivan Lopez. But additional details about the gunman were not immediately available.The injured were taken to Darnall Army Community Hospital at Fort Hood and other local hospitals. Dr. Glen Couchman, chief medical officer at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, said the first four people admitted there had gunshots to chest, abdomen, neck and extremities and that their conditions range from stable to “quite critical.”The 2009 assault on Fort Hood was the deadliest attack on a domestic military installation in U.S. history. Thirteen people were killed and more than 30 wounded.last_img read more

Officer describes helping student shot on campus

first_imgSEATTLE — A police officer responding to the chaotic scene of a shooting at Seattle Pacific University tried to help a mortally wounded victim breathe who had been shot in the neck as other officers frantically searched the campus for any other possible assailants.More than 300 pages of police reports on the June 5 shooting describe a frantic scene as officers tried to assist victims who lay bleeding as well as find the gunman. The reports, obtained by KOMO-TV, give a detailed look at the shooting that left one student dead and two others wounded. One officer detailed his efforts to aid the victim who died, 19-year-old SPU student Paul Lee. In a statement, the officer said that when he arrived, Lee was lying on the sidewalk with “severe gunshot trauma to his upper left throat area.”“During this time it was not known how many shooters or victims there were. The scene was one of chaos and confusion,” the officer said.Lee began to lose consciousness, so the officer helped him breathe easier by clearing his airway. The officer continued speaking with Lee, attempting to determine if Lee knew who the shooter was, but the victim was unable to speak.last_img read more