Forecasts for windy conditions has led organizers to close the Vancouver Farmers Market on Sunday. The National Weather Service is forecasting south to southwest winds of 14-18 mph with gusts as high as 30 mph. The chance of rain is 100%.Next weekend will be the final weekend of the season for the market. The downtown location will be open Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30 and Oct. 31, and on Saturday at the east location, with special Halloween festivities on Saturday. For more information on the market, go to www.vancouverfarmersmarket.com
Police believe a Vancouver man apparently distressed by financial troubles and his failed marriage died along with five of his children when he set fire to his home Easter morning.Evidence at the scene suggests that the family died as a result of a fire intentionally set by Tuan Dao, Vancouver police officials confirmed this morning. The fire was caused by liquid fuels set ablaze to trigger an explosion.Believed to have died in the fire were Dao, 37; Nolan A. Dao, 12; Noah A. Dao, 9; Jacob A. Dao, 9; Samantha A. Dao, 8; and Nathan A. Dao, 6.Dental records are being used to confirm the identities of Dao and the five children.“The surviving immediate family is aware of this investigative presumption and is assisting with the identification process,” according to a news release.All six bodies suffered fire-induced skull fractures, indicating that they died from exposure to the sudden blaze.Tuan and Lori Dao owned the house at 15304 N.E. 13th Circle, according to court papers from September 2010. Neighbors and family friends confirmed Lori Dao and her eldest daughter, Alena, 13, were not home at the time of the fire.A makeshift memorial that emerged Tuesday along a swiftly erected chain-link fence included a white piece of paper that listed names and ages of five children believed to have perished in the fire.
Most people choose a bank or credit union early on and stick with it through good times and bad. Change is tough, after all, especially when it means signing legal documents, getting new credit cards and checks, and remembering new passwords.But more banking customers are fed up with higher fees and 800 numbers, huge banking salaries and profits, and a sense that giant banks may not only be “too big to fail” but also “too big to care.” They’re looking for alternatives to the “too big” without the disadvantages of the “too small.”Even in an era of financial consolidation — Vancouver-based First Independent Bank announced last week its pending sale to Sterling Savings Bank of Spokane — consumers have a wide array of choices for financial institutions. Last weekend’s grass-roots Bank Transfer Day, a response to Bank of America’s now-aborted plan to charge a $5 monthly fee on debit card use, focused public attention on those options. Credit unions, both locally and nationally, reported a spike in new memberships as some people sent an angry message to the nation’s financial brokers.“At the end of the day, I am sick of supporting organizations (that) are more than willing to throw people out of their homes, destroy lives and only focus on the bottom line,” said Vancouver resident Jason Williard, who recently left Bank of America.But Williard, like most consumers, measured his own best financial interest when deciding where to move his money. He opened an account at Portland-based Umpqua Bank after searching for an alternative that was “small enough to care but big enough to be convenient.”
March job-growth and unemployment figures for Washington will be released Wednesday. A similar report on the performance of Clark County’s labor market in March will be issued April 23. In the 12 months ending in February, the state added a net 65,000 jobs. The state’s preliminary jobless rate in February was 7.5 percent.In the 12 months through February, Clark County added a net 2,500 jobs. The county’s preliminary unemployment rate in February — 9.6 percent — will likely be revised upward to roughly 11 percent to account for unemployed county residents who previously worked in Oregon. A similar revision drove up January’s initial jobless rate of 9.9 percent to 11.4 percent.PORTLAND — Oregon’s unemployment rate continues to inch lower, hitting 8.2 percent last month, as employers continue to add jobs, state officials said Tuesday.The unemployment rate is the lowest since October 2008, when the nation was dropping into a severe recession that eventually uprooted 147,700 jobs in the state, The Oregonian reported. The rate that fall was 7.7 percent.A slow recovery followed, and the state’s unemployment rate ricocheted between 8.4 percent and 8.9 percent for the past year.The state has added jobs for four straight months, at an average of 3,800 a month, the state Employment Department reported.In March, though, the pace slowed, with private employers adding 2,700 jobs and government cutting 800, for a net addition of 1,900. That came after a February addition of 6,600.An estimated 167,700 Oregon workers were unemployed last month, 8,800 fewer than in February. The state’s workforce also declined, by 10,800. Neither count is adjusted for seasonal factors.
NEW YORK — Starbucks wants a few extra pennies for that latte.The Seattle-based coffee company says it’s hiking prices on average by 1 percent nationally starting on Tuesday. But it says the price for many drinks, such as medium and large brewed coffees and Frappuccinos, won’t change in most its 11,000 U.S. cafes.“Less than a third of beverages will see a small increase in most stores,” said Lisa Passe, a Starbucks spokeswoman. She noted that the increases will vary by region and may apply to different drinks.Depending on the market, Starbucks Corp. notes it’s the first price hike most customers will see in about two years.The price hike comes despite falling coffee costs that have boosted the company’s profits. In the last quarter, Starbucks cited lower coffee costs for a stronger operating margin, which represents the money it pockets from sales after subtracting what it pays to keep stores running.And those lower coffee costs are expected to continue padding its bottom line.Earlier this month, a Janney Montgomery Scott analyst issued a note to investors saying Starbucks is likely to benefit from lower coffee costs for the next few years. Based on the price of a coffee contract at the time, Mark Kalinowski estimated that Starbucks would pay about half the $1.4 billion it did for coffee in 2012.But Starbucks notes that coffee represents just one of its many costs and historically has accounted for less than 10 percent of overall store expenses.Passe said other expenses include rent, labor, marketing, equipment and other ingredients such as milk and sugar.
Two words say it all: change happened.Joy was in the air Saturday afternoon as hundreds of members and supporters of Vancouver’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community, as well as a few curious onlookers, gathered at Esther Short Park, some proudly wearing those two words on their shirts.It’s been a year of whirlwind changes for the LGBT community. They included Washington’s passage of a voter-approved referendum legalizing marriages for the state’s 17,000 same-sex couples and a U.S. Supreme Court ruling mandating federal equality for legally married gay couples.At the 19th annual Saturday at the Park event, it was celebration time.“Everybody is happy now,” saidCorey Eubanks, a Vancouver-based real estate agent. “Even now, around town, I see more same-sex couples walking around holding hands. They’re more comfortable.”Dressed in rainbow tutus and matching leis, a group of 16 participants of the Lyle’s Myles Run/Walk gathered near the park’s gazebo, having just finished the 5K fun run. The event raises money for local and international HIV and AIDS programs. There are an estimated 400 people with HIV or AIDS in Clark County, said Lyle Smith, the 79-year-old organizer of the fundraiser, which partners with Saturday in the Park.At the gazebo, the fleet-footed rainbow warriors said they’d come out in force to show their support for gay rights, one brightly colored piece of clothing at a time. “Rainbow Team” members Sarah Beck and Amy Powell cross the finish line at Lyle’s Myles on Saturday. The two took part to show their support for gay rights.
The Fort Vancouver National Trust is accepting applications for entries in the 27th Annual Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver, also called the “Lough Legacy Parade” because it’s paid for in perpetuity with a gift from the estate of Frank and Joanne Lough. Frank Lough spent 22 years in the Navy.The annual event honors veterans of all service branches. It’s set for 11 a.m. Nov. 9, rain or shine. The parade begins at the east end of Officers Row.Groups and organizations are encouraged to honor veterans by participating. High school bands, college and high school ROTC groups, Scouts, equestrian units, vehicle clubs and others have participated in the past. The parade typically attracts more than 120 entries representing approximately 2,500 people who march or ride along. It is broadcast on Clark-Vancouver Television.Entry applications are available http://www.fortvan.org/veteransparade, at the Fort Vancouver National Trust office in the O.O. Howard House, 750 Anderson St., or by calling the Trust at 360-992-1804. The application deadline is Oct. 4.
Wednesday — 1,509 adult spring chinook, 4 jack chinook, 34 steelhead. Water temperature is 49.6 degrees and streamflow is up to 263,000 cubic feet per second.
County commissioner: Clark County commissioner candidate Jeanne Stewart invites voters to meet her for coffee and cookies from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at di Tazza coffee house and bakery, 2011 S.E. 192nd Ave. Stewart, who is running as a Republican, will discuss local issues.
Something for the weekend: Much has been said about the impact of robotics and automation on the workplace, and how this may shape, create or displace job roles and ways of working. This discussion has generally not tended to focus on the creative and arts industries, yet technology organisation ABB has now provided us with a glimpse of robots’ potential role in the music world.On 12 September, a dual-arm robot named YuMi showcased its skills at a charity concert gala in Pisa, Italy, as part of the First International Festival of Robotics. YuMi conducted an orchestra and directed Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli in a programme of Verdi. The robot then went on to conduct soloist Maria Luigia Borsi in an aria from Gianni Schicchi by Puccini, followed by a passage from the opera Cavalleria Rusticana.To prepare YuMi for his performance, the movements of Andrea Colombini, director of the Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra, were captured during rehearsals. These recorded movements were then fine tuned using ABB’s RobotStudio software, and the motions were synchronised to music.Bocelli said: “It was so much fun to perform with YuMi, ABB’s collaborative robot. It showed that a robot could really conduct an orchestra, but only with the excellent work of very talented engineers and a real maestro. Congratulations to the team that pulled this off.”While the performance was hailed as a success, ABB points out that robots are not expected to achieve and combine the skills required to match a human conductor.Here at EB HQ, we are excited to see how YuMi’s talent develops. YuMi may be a robot but it definitely has more musical talent than us already…
Something for the weekend: Employee-of-the-month incentives may commonly be restricted to two-legged staff members, however, brewing organisation Northern Monk Brewery Company is celebrating the achievements of its resident dog Morag (pictured), after she won a national competition to find the top office dog.The photo competition, run by flexible work space organisation Workthere, sought to showcase the successes of a very different working demographic: office dogs. With £100 of pet goodies from Aniforte up for grabs, as well as the accolade of being named the UK’s top office dog, employers from across the country submitted snapshots of their resident furry, four-legged colleagues in a bid to win the acclaimed title.Winner Morag, from Leeds, works at the Northern Monk Brewery Company alongside the organisation’s director Russell Bisset. Her day-to-day duties include giving brewery tours with her human colleagues.Other pups who featured in the top 10 list work in offices based in London and Kent, across sectors such as public relations and communications.Russell Bisset, director at the Northern Monk Brewery Company, said: “We are very pleased that Morag has won Workthere’s top dog competition and I’m sure she’ll be over the moon to receive her prize. We’ll make sure we save the treats for when she’s on her best behaviour.”Here at Employee Benefits, we love that all employees are able to gain recognition for their hard work, regardless of whether they are human or not. An editorial team pup is increasingly looking like a good idea…
Following a two-day strike on the 25 and 26 April 2018, outsourced workers from the University of London are taking further industrial action today (6 June 2018), in an ongoing fight to end outsourcing and zero-hour contracts.The protesters aim to gain better access to pensions, holiday and sick pay, and maternity and paternity pay entitlements.Approximately 130 outsourced workers – including cleaners, security officers, receptionists and postroom staff, among others, who are members of the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) – will be taking part.Following the industrial action taken in April, the University of London central administration has announced that it will start a process to end outsourcing and bring its facilities management in-house. However, due to the perceived lack of clarity of its statement, regarding both the timeline and which contracts will be affected, IWGB will proceed with action today.For the time being, the union will also be continuing its landmark joint employer case against the University of London, which seeks the right for employees to negotiate pay and conditions directly with the university.Dr Jason Moyer-Lee, IWGB general secretary, said: “Today’s announcement demonstrates that collective action and pressure works. The university has clearly understood the current situation is untenable and that they need to do something. But it also shows that the University will always try and squeeze every last penny out of its outsourced staff. Until the University of London announces the termination of all outsourcing on a reasonable timescale, IWGB will continue to campaign.”Margarita Cunalata, IWGB representative and University of London cleaner, added: “We’re glad that the university has finally acknowledged our repeated demands to be given equal terms and conditions as other workers. However, putting us in this limbo is completely unacceptable. We will continue fighting until we are made direct employees and treated with the dignity we deserve.”A spokesperson from the University of London said: “It is very disappointing that the IWGB are continuing to disrupt the University’s operations, particularly after the Board of Trustee’s decision to bring services in-house where they support strategic priorities.“The University of London instigated a review of the contracted facilities management services in November 2017. The Board of Trustees met on 23 May and considered the report and recommendation from the Review Group: the University will develop an efficient provision model in which in-house services are supported by contracts designed to provide both the specialist expertise and the flexibility to respond to the varying needs of the University.“In practical terms, these initiatives will be progressed over the next 12 to 18 months, with some services being brought in-house in 2018/19 where there is an opportunity and clear rationale for doing this, although the process will be phased in over subsequent years.“In the coming months and years the University Management will work closely with the recognised trade unions and current contractors to transition staff into the University, as well as work urgently to address issues that have been highlighted during the review, such as the elimination of zero hours contracts.”
Image credit: The Stand Comedy ClubThe Stand Comedy Club has signed the Fair Fringe charter, pledging to improve pay and working conditions for its 120 employees that work during the popular annual music and arts showcase, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.The Fair Fringe charter, part of the Fair Fringe campaign launched in July 2017, aims to tackle the potential exploitation and poor working conditions experienced by employees during the 25-day festival. To date, trade union Unite has been heavily involved, alongside Edinburgh residents, current and former Edinburgh Festival Fringe staff and other interested parties.As part of this agreement, all staff employed by The Stand Comedy Club will receive the voluntary living wage rate of £9 an hour, effective from August 2019, regardless of employees’ ages. This is applicable for those employed across The Stand Comedy Club’s Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle venues, as well as for additional staff taken on for the duration of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, based at New Town Theatre.Under the charter, all employees will also be entitled to paid rest breaks, minimum hours contracts rather than zero hours contracts, full payments for trial shifts, paid transport home after 12am, 100% of any tips earned and trade union access.The charter also includes an anti-sexual harassment policy and a consultation on rota changes.Mike Jones, managing director at The Stand Comedy Club, said: “The Stand is proud to be an accredited living wage employer. People are at the heart of our business; we strive to do the right thing by our staff, the artists we work with and the audiences that come to see our shows.“Offering good terms and conditions to our employees makes business sense; we have a hard-working and loyal team, many of whom have worked for us for a number of years.“Our remarkably low staff turnover is in part due to the fact that we offer some of the best pay and conditions in the hospitality sector.”Bryan Simpson, organiser at Unite, added: “Our members at The Stand and New Town Theatre have campaigned hard to get here; we are delighted that they will now receive some of the best pay and conditions in the sector.“This sends an important message to employers across the industry and in particular at the [Edinburgh Festival Fringe] that they can and should treat [employees] with the respect they deserve, because they are the backbone of [businesses] and should be rewarded accordingly.”
Omar most enjoys meeting new people – so please send story ideas his way at email@example.comCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Weekend Morning AnchorOmar Lewis joined the Channel 7 News Team in June of 2014, and is excited to call South Florida his new home.Follow @OlewisON7After beginning his career at KXXV in Waco, Texas, Omar moved to Austin, Texas in 2012 as a general assignment reporter/multi-platform journalist at KXAN.During his time in Austin, Omar covered the deadly crash at the SXSW music festival, and the 2014 shooting at Fort Hood. Omar’s work has been honored with an award from The Associated Press.Omar is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, and graduated from The University of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady School of JournalismDuring his free time, Omar gets to the beach as much as possible, enjoys traveling, and is a college football fan who always pulls for the SEC.
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami Beach has begun spraying for mosquitoes in their fight against the Zika virus, Tuesday.A fleet of trucks began spraying in breeding areas, Tuesday morning.“The mosquito count in the advisory zone has gone up and has not gone down,” said Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine. “It went down first and now has gone back up again, not necessarily mosquitoes that carry Zika, but in general, the mosquito count has gone up. Now, when you have an increase of mosquitoes, clearly you have a greater risk of that being spread.”Miami Beach residents can also expect aerial spraying to begin Thursday morning, similar to the efforts being taken in Wynwood.The sprays will happen at 5 a.m. for about 30 minutes.Miami-Dade is one of the first counties in the nation using state-of-the-art equipment that includes an environmentally friendly, organic spray to reduce the mosquito population.The Miami Beach Botanical Garden reopened its doors Tuesday after it was closed last week as officials inspected and treated the area for mosquitoes. A $1.1 billion Zika funding package failed to pass the Senate, Tuesday. It’s the third time the measure has failed to garner 60 votes necessary to pass.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Heavy rains starting to come down at Hard Rock Stadium at the end of the third quarter; #Canes leading 24-10 with 15 minutes to go #BeatFAU— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) September 11, 2016 MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Fans were soaked with rain at the Hard Rock Stadium during a football game between the University of Miami and Florida Atlantic University, Saturday.The new canopy didn’t keep the rain off the fans.According to the stadium’s website, it’s supposed to provide shade and protection from the elements for 92 percent of fans.One fan posted a video on Twitter of the water falling from the roof.People at the game said the only fans who managed to stay completely dry were those watching from the luxury seats.
MIAMI (WSVN) – An elderly woman with memory loss has gone missing in Miami, and authorities fear she may be in danger.According to police, 73-year-old Maria Nunez wandered away from the Northside Shopping Plaza located on the 8200 block of Northwest 81st Street, on foot, Monday.Nunez is described as a black, Hispanic woman who stands 5 feet 4 inches and weighs 145 pounds.She was last seen wearing a navy blue jacket with navy blue sweatpants and a black shirt with gold print. Officials said she normally wears her hair in a bun.Nunez suffers from memory loss and may be in need of services.Anyone with information about this missing person should contact the Miami-Dade Police Department, Special Victims Bureau/Missing Persons Squad at (305) 418-7200 or Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI (WSVN) – Thousands of revelers partied like it’s 2017 at events in Downtown Miami and Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Saturday night, as they counted down the minutes until the stroke of midnight to ring in a new year.Large crowds showed up at Bayfront Park, in Downtown Miami, to attend Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution, a concert headlined by Miami-born rapper Pitbull, Saturday night. “It’s called Revolution because we want to ‘unmute’ New Years and make it the new New Year’s,” said Pitbull, “take it from the Big Apple to the pineapple and make Miami the mecca.”7News cameras captured the jubilant crowds making their way to Bayfront Park. “Great atmosphere, good weather, good place to be,” said vendor Donnell Brown. “I follow him on Instagram. He’s really nice,” said Stephanie Nalepa.Backstage, 7News chatted with a few other fan favorites, like musician Austin Mahone, who showed other artists some love. “It gets even better every time. We’ve got Snoop here, Biz Markie,” he saidMarkie said he sees this performance as an opportunity to show a new generation some classic hip-hop. “Making people shake, you know,” he said.Markie even gave 7News a taste of his song “Just a Friend,” a mix of old school and new sounds.Meanwhile, out in the crows, attendee Terry Unchali felt the excitement level rise. “Usually I’m in New York City,” he said. “I’ve watched this event before on TV. Now I get to experience it live. I’m really excited.”And it’s this euphoria that, Pitbull said, makes the festivities even more special. “All this music is what allows me to understand the true meaning of party,” said Pitbull, “and party is get loose, have fun, escape, enjoy.”Pitbull also hosted a special VIP food and wine party, with award winning chef Michelle Michelle Bernstein. The event was presented by the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Revelers of all ages also descended on Downtown Fort Lauderdale to take part in the annual Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown.Traci Bogey arrived early to the festivities. “The weather is fabulous. It’s a little cool for South Florida, but it’s beautiful,” she said.As the temperatures rose, so did the crowds. Some turned out to ring in 2017 with a big balloon drop a few hours early. “We love coming here every single year. We bring the kids, and we have a great time,” said Isadelle Mercedes. “We love that the anchor gets lit up for them.”Reveler Paul Vayshelboym marveled at the ideal weather. “I feel bad for anyone that doesn’t live here,” he said. “It’s beautiful. You can’t ask for much better than this in January.”Dudley, originally from Michigan, said there’s no place he’d rather be with his daughter. “Oh, it’s like 23 to 30 degrees up there right now, so I’m not missing that one bit,” he said.As day turned into night, the streets filled with thousands of people and bands played along Southwest Second Street.Adults found everything they needed, from chicken kabobs to cold beer and champagne or cocktail.Celebrants lit up the night with glitz and glam to bid farewell to 2016. “As the night goes on, you have beautiful girls and great-looking guys with their high heels and their fine attire, and we get to see the new year together,” said Judy Karpis.At midnight, the larger-than-life illuminated anchor that’s hoisted high above the crowd will make its 100-foot drop to ring in a new year filled with plenty of promises, wishes and resolutions. Lighting it up for the Kids Countdown! @JackSeiler @FLPD411 @FtLaudFire @leefeldman @clagerbloom pic.twitter.com/e1DVMA4VvE— CityofFortLauderdale (@FTLCityNews) January 1, 2017The free, family-friendly festival features a larger-than-life illuminated anchor that descends from 100 feet in the air, once at 7 o’clock for the younger party animals and again at midnight.With bounce houses and games lining Southwest Second Street, there is plenty for the family to do. “It’s wild. It’s great,” said reveler Damani Dudley. “You’ve got two sides for the adults and this one for the kids. I love it.” “I hope next year is as good as this year,” said Chris Schweer.City of Miami Commissioner Frank Carollo advised revelers to use public transportation to head to Downtown Miami. “Take advantage of our mass transit. Metrorail, Metromover, they’re going to be operating until the wee hours of the night,” he said. “Come down, leave your keys at home, your cars at home, and have a great time with the family.”Crews have since begun to disassemble the stage in Bayfront Park.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. This crowd looks ready to PARTY! #PitbullNYE pic.twitter.com/ngDZvtCvBy— New Years Revolution (@PitbullNYE) January 1, 2017Queen Latifah, Snoop Dogg, Salt-N-Pepa and other renowned hip-hop artists are scheduled to take the stage at the free event, beginning at 11 p.m., one hour before before the Big Orange rises up the side of the InterContinental Hotel. “You’re gonna see people bringing in 2017 with a bang,” said Snoop Dogg.The hip-hop legend’s loyal following made the trip to Miami to see him perform live. “Snoop Dogg is really, really great,” said fan Michael Nalepa.
WESTON, FLA. (WSVN) – – Family and friends made an emotional plea, Tuesday, after a bicyclist died in a hit-and-run crash.Flyers were posted at Weston businesses in hopes of finding someone who can provide information about the driver who killed Christopher Mohr.A friend of Mohr’s said his family has searched for answers from the public for weeks. “We just want the people to don’t forgot what happened to our friend Chris,” said Julian Duqe, “so somebody should know something and just to make awareness of this and to give some relief to the family.”On Jan. 1, Mohr was knocked off his bike on State Road 84, near Indian Trace. He died at the hospital.If you have any information on this hit and run, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – A water leak in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport has led to the closure of G Concourse in Terminal 4.A total of four gates have been impacted.The H Concourse had been closed, but it has since reopened.Passengers are being asked to use security checkpoints in Terminal 3 and walk over through the terminal.The cause of the leak is currently unknown.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.