Cycling and walking are healthy alternatives to driving and should be encouraged by adding bicycle lanes and sidewalks, county commissioners were told Tuesday by more than a dozen residents who testified during a public hearing on a proposed 20-year Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.Commissioners unanimously approved the plan, which was 18 months in the making. As county transportation planner Laurie Lebowsky put it, the plan sets out a “guiding vision,” to better accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians. The plan marks the first time in 14 years the county has formally acknowledged the need for safe bicycle routes; the county has never formally addressed the need for safe pedestrian routes.“It kind of blows my mind that we’ve never had a vision (for pedestrian routes),” said Commissioner Steve Stuart. “Frankly, it shows.”Republican Tom Mielke joined Stuart, a Democrat, and Republican Marc Boldt in voting yes, even though Mielke lamented that the 23-member Bicycling and Pedestrian Advisory Committee that worked on the 300-page plan didn’t try harder to identify a funding source.“The program is great … but I would like to see something to fund those ideas,” Mielke said. Funding ideas in the plan include creating a Transportation Benefit District, establishing a voluntary fund for retrofitting streets with bike lanes or exploring partnerships with the private sector.But the key idea will likely be aggressively pursuing grants. Terri Elioff, who lives in the Hudson’s Bay neighborhood, told commissioners that adopting the plan will give the county a leg up when it comes to competing for grants.
Motorists on Interstate 5 were greeted Saturday afternoon with what has become a more familiar aggravation – a traffic-snarling bridge lift – because of high water levels in the Columbia River.The noontime back-up, which reached to 39th Street on the Vancouver side, is likely to be repeated often over the next couple of weeks due to an increased number of requests for bridge lifts to accommodate marine traffic. The additional requests are due to higher water levels in the Columbia, which reduces the clearance under the bridge. Federal law gives marine traffic has the right-of-way at the bridge, though bridge lifts on Interstate 5 will not occur during peak weekday freeway travel – from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.A National Weather Service bulletin Saturday said the river is expected to rise a few inches above flood stage on Monday and remain at that level for the rest of the week. Only minor impacts are expected.
Advanced registered nurse practitioner Kelly Bell acknowledged in her July deposition that she was self-taught in pain management control.Pain management was part of the nursing curriculum, and the rest of Bell’s training came from reading, she said.Bell belonged to a couple of national pain groups, which required only a medical license, interest in pain management and fee payment to join. She also attended seminars, read literature and belonged to online pain groups.In addition to teaching herself, Bell taught others. In her deposition, Bell said she taught Penny Steers, also an advanced registered nurse practitioner, about opioid prescribing when Steers came to work at the Payette Clinic.Even without any specialized pain management training, nurse practitioners such as Bell, Steers and Scott Pecora meet the state requirements for prescribing controlled substances.The Washington Nursing Quality Care Assurance Commission requires only the college coursework for advanced registered nurse practitioners in order to prescribe controlled substances, said Mary Dale, the commission’s discipline manager.When an applicant is granted an advanced registered nurse practitioner license, he or she also is granted privileges to prescribe controlled substances, Dale said.
Columbia Land Trust stewardship lead Lindsay Cornelius shows the path of an old haul road being removed along the Klickitat River in a broad habitat restoration project. KLICKITAT — The official schedule shows that the removal of an old haul road along the Klickitat River began in 2009.But really, the river started the job long before that.In 1996, a flood washed away two sections of the road as the river reclaimed a portion of its historic floodplain. High flows swallowed entire chunks of pavement and its foundation, leaving an island of roadway stranded between two gaps.That’s where the Columbia Land Trust took over. The Vancouver-based nonprofit organization is leading a yearslong restoration effort that will remove more than eight miles of the obsolete road. That means navigating some tough, transforming terrain along one of the truly wild stretches of Washington’s longest un-dammed river.“It was a feat to build,” said Lindsay Cornelius, a stewardship lead with the Columbia Land Trust, “and it is somewhat of a feat to dismantle.”Crews have removed about three miles of road along the main stem of the Klickitat to date. Another 1.5 miles will come out this summer, Cornelius said. In the meantime, the land trust and its partners this spring continue to monitor progress where pavement is gone.The Columbia Land Trust often receives fleeting attention for its high-profile acquisitions in Southwest Washington and beyond. The Klickitat project is part of the organization’s efforts across the Columbia River watershed toward habitat restoration and recovery, often carried out under the radar by comparison. Officials hope the result creates a better natural setting for people and salmon on the Klickitat, one of the Columbia’s major tributaries in the Columbia River Gorge.
Richard Biggs of Atlantric moderates and evening event at PubTalk on Tuesday in Vancouver. Most of us indulge in impulse buying on occasion, perhaps choosing a smartphone that has more dazzle than functionality, or a sporty car that’s fun but doesn’t quite fit the family’s needs or budget.But “sharks” who invest in startup companies aren’t exactly impulse buyers. They want to put their money into startups that will yield a large return, very quickly. They’ve learned to look beyond a great idea to ask questions about the business skills and financial investments of the company’s founders and core staff; a company’s growth and marketing plans; the state of competition; and when they expect to make a profit.Four local companies — three from Southwest Washington and one now based in Portland — entered the “shark tank” Tuesday evening at Clark County PubTalk, making their best pitches to a panel of five business investors and experts. The presenters ranged from a self-described geek inventor with the Camas company Focus Designs, which makes self-balancing unicycles, to the practical-minded ePark Systems, based in Woodland, which has devised an in-vehicle parking meter that can be used in place of on-street meters.Other presenters were Epoch Inc. of Vancouver, which is creating technology for storage and organization of media production; and On The Go Platforms, registered in Washington but operating in Portland, which is developing software for the budding Smart Glasses technology.In the end, the “sharks” gave their highest ratings to On The Go Platforms, which offered the most detailed presentation. The second-place prize went to Focus Designs, which delivered the flashiest presentation, with David Martschinske, the company’s young chief operating officer, riding a unicycle up the aisle at the event at the Fort Vancouver Artillery Barracks.
PULLMAN — A Washington State University student is in stable condition at a Pullman hospital after falling down a flight of stairs inside the Delta Chi fraternity.Pullman police say 21-year-old Anthony Pentecost is the second intoxicated student to fall at one of the university’s fraternities since mid-August.On Aug. 14, a 19-year-old woman fell through a fire escape at Phi Kappa Tau.Police say Pentecost reportedly had been drinking wine early Tuesday morning when fellow fraternity members told him to go to bed. Students heard a thud and found him unconscious at the bottom of the stairs.
School levies in Washougal and Woodland passed, while a school levy in Mount Pleasant failed, according to Feb. 11 special election results recently finalized by election officials in Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania counties.Voters in the Washougal School District approved a maintenance and operations levy by a vote of 60.15 percent to 39.85 percent. That levy will raise property taxes to $3.31 per $1,000 of assessed property in a three-year period: 2015 to 2017.Washougal School District voters also approved a technology levy by a vote of 63.46 percent to 36.54 percent. That levy will raise property taxes to 37 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2015. That rate drops to 35 cents in 2016 and 34 cents in 2017.In the Woodland School District, a maintenance and operations levy passed 53.88 percent to 46.12 percent. It will raise property taxes to $2.96 per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2015. That drops to $2.88 in 2016 and $2.79 in 2017.Voters in the Mount Pleasant School District defeated its maintenance and operations levy with a vote of 44.09 percent to 55.91 percent. That levy would have raised property taxes to $3.85 per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2015 before dropping to $3.78 in 2016.About 30 percent of Clark County registered voters living in the Washougal, Woodland or Mount Pleasant school districts cast a ballot in the Feb. 11 election.
Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August RelatedPosts JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner As previously reported by Inside Asian Gaming, Union Gaming’s Grant Govertsen said after the storm that “damage to Macau was very slight and that GGR could be impacted by upwards of 700 bps relative to our initial +14% forecast for the month.”September GGR ultimately saw year-on-year growth of just 2.8% to MOP$21.9 billion, a major contraction from 17.1% growth in August.DSEC data indicated that the number of mainland Chinese visitors increased 5.7% year-on-year to 1.8 million during the month, with those arriving under the Individual Visit Scheme soared 10.3% to 788,426.On the other hand, visitors from the Republic of Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan decreased by 4.4%, 1.6% and 3.7% respectively in September.By mode of transport, airport and land arrivals increased by 18.9% and 9.6% year-on-year respectively while ferry arrivals decreased 11.8%.Aggregate arrivals from January to September were up 8.3% year-on-year, totaling 25.8 million. Chinese Mainlanders led the figures with an increase of 13.3% in the period. Load More Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch More than 2.5 million visitors arrived in Macau in September, up 3% year-on-year but down 24.7% sequentially, according to figures released by the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) on Tuesday.The numbers were negatively impacted by the effects of Typhoon Mangkhut which battered Macau during the weekend of 15 and 16 September.
Melco Resorts & Entertainment has announced a pay increase for non-management employees of between 7.5% and 2.5%, effective from 1 April 2019.The pay increase will see full-time non-management employees earning a monthly base salary including tips of up to MOP$13,000 receive a MOP$600 per month increase and those earning over MOP$13,000 receive an increase of 2.5% on their base salary. JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner This latest pay rise comes just three weeks after Melco announced a one month discretionary bonus for eligible employees before Chinese New Year. The company revealed on Thursday that the bonus has now been paid.“We thank our colleagues for their continued dedication,” said Melco Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho. “Together as a team we strive to bring world-class, memorable entertainment, hospitality and dining experiences to our guests in Macau, to contribute to the exciting advancements in the Greater Bay Area.” Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaul RelatedPosts Load More Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August
Communications agency Golin is to introduce an enhanced benefits programme, including unlimited leave, extended family-friendly benefits and new health and wellbeing initiatives.The benefits programme, Life Time, will launch on 4 April 2016. It will run across Golin’s global locations but has been tailored to suit local requirements.The new suite of benefits aims to give staff more flexibility in terms of their benefits and ways of working.In addition to unlimited leave, Life Time will offer extended health and wellbeing benefits in order to enable employees to relax outside of work.Golin’s 150 UK employees will receive an annual wellbeing allowance of £600, and the opportunity to participate in in-house yoga classes and employer-sponsored sports teams.The additional health and wellbeing benefits build on existing schemes, such as discounted gym membership, to give employees greater choice.Staff will receive enhanced family-friendly policies, including up to six weeks paternity leave on full pay. Golin has also extended shared parental leave to 18 weeks’ enhanced pay, in line with the organisation’s adoption and maternity leave policy.The communications agency also offers an ease-in, ease-out policy that provides new and expectant parents with greater flexibility.Fraser Sinclair, HR director at Golin, said: “We recognise that our culture and how we treat our people is one of the biggest pulls for new candidates and existing employees. We want to make sure we recruit and retain the best and most diverse team in the business and continue to treat our team as individuals. This tailored, rather than a one-size-fits-all benefits programme does just that.“For us, the biggest change this year will be a cultural one, we are re-educating all of our line managers and department heads around how to manage a flexible workforce. We recognise that the next year will be a lesson for us all on how to relax and unwind when we are not in the office. It may not be an easy lesson to learn, but it will certainly be a fun one.”
EXCLUSIVE: Countrywide will discuss how to structure and implement a cost-efficient benefits strategy at Employee Benefits Live 2016.Neil Goodwin (pictured), head of reward, human resources, at Countrywide, will present the session on cost-efficient benefits strategies as part of the benefits on a budget conference stream on Wednesday 12 October 2016.During the session, Goodwin will provide examples of the steps he has taken at Countrywide to enhance cost-efficiency, such as improved communication to boost benefits take up, and offering staff discounts on the organisation’s own products and services.The presentation will examine the initial quick wins that can be made to achieve cost savings, followed by a wider strategic approach. Goodwin will also discuss how the savings generated can be used to make the business case for further investment in benefits and to gain executive buy-in.Goodwin said: “When [organisations] are designing a benefits strategy, understanding what is currently in place and why is key. Exploring any quick wins and cost savings is also key to fund any future investment. Then [organisations should] define clear objectives and success measures.”Employee Benefits Live 2016 will take place on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 October at Olympia National, London. Register to attend for free and view the full conference programme.
More than one in 10 (15%) of respondents state that their organisation currently has a return-to-work programme in place, according to research by Hays.Its Hays UK gender diversity report 2017, which surveyed 5,400 UK respondents, also found that 70% of respondents believe that there would be greater gender equality if more return-to-work programmes, or similar initiatives, were introduced.The research also found:32% of respondents feel that men who take shared parental leave may be seen as being less committed to their careers.31% of female respondents take on a part-time role when they return to work after starting a family, 28% of women remain in the same position at the same hours, 15% resign to look for more flexible work, and 6% decide to become self-employed.24% of male respondents are likely to be promoted after having children, compared to 10% of female respondents.79% of respondents who are fathers either retained their current role or moved in to a more senior position when returning from a career break after having children. This compares to 38% of female respondents who either stay in their current role or progress their careers after having children.76% of female respondents believe choosing to work flexibly will limit their career, compared to 65% of male respondents who think this.Yvonne Smyth (pictured), head of diversity at Hays UK and Ireland, said: “Our report highlights that [while] parents have the freedom to choose how they want to progress their career after starting a family, the majority of women who do choose to continue their career are less likely to be promoted or continue at the same level.“For those returning to work after a career break, employers should look to improve the transition process so they feel they have the opportunities to progress their careers, should they wish to. For example, our report found the majority agree that structured return-to-work programmes will help towards bridging the gender gap, and encourage more people back into work.“Encouraging equality when returning to work can start before parental leave begins by improving communication to make it more culturally acceptable for parents to split their leave, or take flexible working upon return, thereby helping both men and women.”
Technology consultancy organisation Cambridge Design Partnership (CDP) has launched an employee ownership trust.The Cambridge-based organisation, which employs 120 scientists across the UK and California, has transferred its equity into an employee ownership trust. This was in part financed by a loan from Barclays, which was completed last week.CDP decided to become employee-owned in order to give all staff the opportunity to share in the organisation’s profits, as well as to enable the business to be more flexible when planning future expansions. CDP also sought to reinforce its status as a key local employer in Cambridge, and foster the skills of locally-trained engineers, digital experts and designers.CDP wants to use the employee ownership trust to reap dividends for employees, the organisation and the wider economy.As part of the organisation’s new structure, CDP’s 10 partners will continue to manage the firm. Employees will be able to contribute to business-related decisions through an elected employee committee. A committee member will be invited to attend every monthly management meeting to encourage employee responsibility and involvement.International law firm Fieldfisher advised CDP on the employee ownership trust process.Mike Beadman, founding partner at CDP, said: “As a technology consultancy business, CDP recognised that people were the real value in the [organisation] and the key to future growth, so transferring ownership to the employees was the most logical progression.“For the clients of CDP, [employee ownership] demonstrates the commitment of the [organisation] to independence and the long-term relationships that fuel their success. The team at Fieldfisher have provided unbiased, well-considered advice from the outset and have listened to, and incorporated, all of our concerns and requirements to structure the [employee ownership trust] such that CDP can continue to build its reputation and success.“We are now looking forward to the next phase of growth where we can take on even more challenging developments for our clients.”
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – South Florida students went on a shopping spree with Dolphins stars for Thanksgiving meal supplies.The Miami Dolphins paired up with Publix to host students in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties to shop for Thanksgiving meals on Monday.The kids shopped alongside players, cheerleaders and Dolphins mascot TD to prepare for the holiday.The students were selected by their school principals to participate in the event.Players said the event means just as much to them as it does to the students. “This event is always really fun for Lauren and I to come out, be able to interact with people in the community, all my teammates, former players, it’s just a really special event,” said Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill.Students enjoyed food and drinks while shopping and went home with a Dolphins T-shirt.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials are investigating after, they said, a fire destroyed a home in Southwest Miami-Dade, early Saturday morning.Crews battled the blaze at the home near East Calusa Club Drive and Southwest 100th Terrace.Officials said no one was inside the home at the time of the fire.The cause the fire has not been confirmed.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Florida Panthers brought some family fun to Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Sunday.The hockey team’s Winterfest Family Day put smiles on hundreds of faces at Huizenga Plaza on Las Olas Boulevard.Big slides and train rides delighted revelers, all for free, courtesy of the Panthers and Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital. Bringing the winter feeling to the kids of South Florida. ⛸❄️🤗 pic.twitter.com/Y8Ov7iUplO— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) November 26, 2017And, of course, the annual event featured an ice skating rink.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
KPBSD Superintendent Sean Dusek announced that the school district was awarded a grant from the Alaska Community Foundation, in order to reinstate the Petroleum Academy program. Dusek: “Our students are able to earn industry level certifications, those types of things that are very pertinent to kids working in those particularly industries.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Peninsula Students will once again have the opportunity to earn industry certifications in Kenai, from the Alaska Petroleum Academy. Dusek: “We talk a lot about our academic achievement, but we do focus quiet a bit on career and technical education.” Certifications offered include: 16 Hour Petroleum Health & Safety, 24 Hour CITS Certification, 40 Hour Hazwoper Certification, Confined Space Entry Certification, and numerous other courses. Classes are be held at the Workforce Development building on the Kenai Spur Highway. For information and class scheduling call 907-953-2255 or send an email to email@example.com Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Petro-Academy-Grant.mp3VmJennifer-on-Petro-Academy-Grant.mp300:00RPd
This story first appears on FOLIO: sister site, min.With rebounds in the categories of business, advertising and marketing, as well as building, engineering and construction categories leading the way, b-to-b print revenue posted gains of 2 percent in March 2011, compared to March 2010. American Business Media’s Business Information Network (BIN) shows gains in eight of the 21 markets it covers. Business, advertising and marketing was up 23.4 percent and building, engineering and construction was up 19 percent.Read the rest of the story here.
Andy Sareyan, former executive vice president of consumer brands and chief brand officer with Meredith, is slated to join the Atlantic Media Group as executive vice president. In addition to acting as EVP, Sareyan will become president of National Journal.In this role, Sareyan will help Atlantic Media owner and chairman David Bradley in the conversion of National Journal’s subscription model to a membership service. Bradley introduced the membership model in a letter to readers in August. Previously, subscriptions cost from $2,000 to $4,000 for annual access; National Journal members are charged $4,000 to $25,000 for complete access. The price hike, in addition to new services, allows an entire company/organization access to National Journal features for one membership fee. The service includes the weekly publication, the National Journal Daily and its digital counterparts. Justin Smith, president of Atlantic Media, told FOLIO: at the time of the announcement that the membership also includes, “…an enriched suite of information, briefings, and best-practices research compiled by a new, independent research staff-and other tools designed to meet the specific needs of public policy professionals.”Paid circ for the National Journal was around 15,000 at the time of the announcement; Bradley tells The New York Post he already converted 100 subscribers into members. He also tells The Post that the new membership model could amount in a 50 to 80 percent revenue jump in the next few years. While at Meredith, Sareyan was responsible for Better Homes and Gardens, Ladies’ Home Journal, Family Circle, More and Parents; he also oversaw digital media, newsstand and brand licensing.
It’s been a busy week for American Business Media (ABM), the association of business information and media companies. On Tuesday the organization announced the winners of the 59th annual Jesse H. Neal Awards, which recognize the best in business-to-business editorial, and voted in 11 new member organizations.“We are so proud to welcome these organizations to membership,” Clark Pettit, president and CEO of ABM, says in a statement. “These new returning members—ranging from traditional and international media companies to progressive businesses focused on media management software, investment baking services, subscription management and lead gen—support ABM’s initiative to represent the wide range of platforms and models leveraged by business information and media companies.”The new membership includes a variety of organizations—from former companies to new international partners. Two companies—Advantage Business Media, which publishes content on science, design engineering and communications through magazines, websites, newsletter and events; and Athletic Business Media, publisher of magazines, websites, and buyers guides for athletic, fitness and recreation professionals—both rejoined the association as returning members. Canada-based Glacier Media Group was the only new international member to join ABM—Glacier is an information communications company that publishes trade magazines, directories, newsletters, and specialty websites. Other members include:Health Forum (American Hospital Association)—Health Forum is a strategic business enterprise of the AHA, creatively partnering to develop and deliver essential information and innovative services to help health care leaders achieve organizational performance excellence and sustainability.MultiView, Inc.—MultiView is a publisher of association-branded b-to-b digital media.PaperClip Communications—PaperClip Communications specializes in serving the informational needs of student development professionals through various print and online products.New associate members include:Datasystem Solutions/MultiPub—MultiPub from Datasystem Solutions is a subscription management system designed to assist a wide range of media and data companies.Media Intranets LP—Media Intranets is the producer of LaunchPad Media Management software suite, an integrated Web-based solution that helps media companies run their businesses, from accounting and reporting to editorial planning and event marketing.Petsky Prunier—Petsky Prunier is an investment bank focused on the technology, media, marketing, eCommerce and healthcare industries whose services include mergers and acquisitions and private placements advisory services. The firm provides strategic consulting through the firm Winterberry Group, a Petsky Prunier company. The firm also offers international reach through its partnership with Altium.VisiStat—VisiStat is a cloud-based business, marketing and lead generation Web reporting service.Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter!