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Arson is blamed for a fire that caused $10,000 damage early Sunday to an abandoned house at 11905 N.E. 87th Ave.Another suspicious fire happened earlier in May at an abandoned house and fire officials are asking the public to help find those who might be responsible.Firefighter Jim Flaherty said the 87th Avenue fire started at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday. The house is on a lot overgrown with grass and trees across the street from St. John’s Catholic Church, he said. It took 20 firefighters from the Vancouver Fire Department and Clark County Fire District 6 about 25 minutes to bring the fire under control. They arrived within six minutes to find smoke and flames, Flaherty said.No one was injured.The fire marshal ruled the blaze was arson caused.Flaherty said the house is valued at about $83,000. The property owner is listed as Clark County. On May 4, another abandoned house burned and youngsters were seen leaving the area, Northeast 105th Street and 94th Avenue, about the time of the blaze. Flaherty said.He asked that anyone seeing strange cars or people around abandoned houses to call 911, particularly if they get a license plate number.Anyone with information about the Sunday fire is asked to call the Clark County Fire Marshal at 360-397-2186, ext. 3321. Persons may remain anonymous.Setting fires at abandoned houses “has our attention and should have everybody’s attention.” Flaherty said.
At the end of the first week of a high-stakes attempted murder trial in 2004, a harried Tony Golik was leaving the office, on his way to the Clark County Courthouse, when he was stopped by his boss.Prosecutor Art Curtis wanted to offer a few words of advice to the new major crimes deputy prosecutor in his case against a Norteño gang member.“I distinctly remember Art saying, ‘Remember the three Cs:” calm, cool and collected, Golik recalled last week. “That was a tough case, and him reminding me of (those traits) was helpful.”It wasn’t new advice from Curtis, a longtime prosecutor known for his pragmatic approach in criminal cases. But it signified Curtis’ command of the office, Golik said, in that he always strived to have “a high degree of professionalism, the ability to make the right call on cases” and to remain calm under fire.It’s a legacy Prosecutor-elect Golik wants to continue when he succeeds Curtis in January, the first time there’s been a new prosecutor in nearly 30 years.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — They spent months warning the world of the apocalypse, some giving away earthly belongings or draining their savings accounts. And so they waited, vigilantly, on Saturday for the appointed hour to arrive.When 6 p.m. came and went across the continental U.S. and various spots around the globe, and no extraordinary cataclysm occurred, some believers expressed confusion, while others reassured each of their faith. Still, some others took it in stride. “I had some skepticism but I was trying to push the skepticism away because I believe in God,” said Keith Bauer — who hopped in his minivan in Maryland and drove his family 3,000 miles to California for the Rapture. He started his day in the bright morning sun outside the gated Oakland headquarters of Family Radio International, whose founder, Harold Camping, has been broadcasting the apocalyptic prediction for years. “I was hoping for it because I think heaven would be a lot better than this earth.”But he added, “It’s God who leads you, not Harold Camping.”Bauer, a tractor-trailer driver, began the voyage west last week, figuring that if he “worked last week, I wouldn’t have gotten paid anyway, if the Rapture did happen.” After seeing the nonprofit ministry’s base of operations, Bauer planned to take a day trip to the Pacific Ocean, and then start the cross-country drive back home Sunday with his wife, young son and another family relative.
Same-sex marriage advocate Amy Wells, left, 51, of Vancouver, and Basic Rights Oregon Organizing Director Raahi Reddy, 40, of Portland, look for specific addresses inside an apartment complex in Hazel Dell as they canvass on Saturday. This is the first of two stories. Tomorrow’s story will talk with opponents of Referendum 74.When Amy Wells went door-to-door in Vancouver this month to explain what the right to marry would mean to her, she encountered a mixed reaction.One woman told her that marriage between two people of the same sex isn’t “proper.” Another woman said in a hushed voice that she would vote in support of same-sex marriage this fall, but her husband was voting no.Wells, 51, of Vancouver, is part of the Southwest Washington effort to approve Referendum 74, a ballot measure that would grant same-sex couples the right to marry. If the referendum is approved by voters this fall, Washington would be the first state in the U.S. to vote in favor of same-sex marriage.Wells has been with her partner for 19 years, and they have raised a son together. Wells appeared discouraged on Saturday after one resident refused to budge on the issue.“I’d love to have a long conversation with her,” Wells said, “and to tell them that the reason I would want to get married is the same reason they would want to get married. … Because you fell in love. Because you want to be committed. Because you want to be recognized for who you are and what your feelings are. But some people don’t want to go there. They have other things to worry about. I get it.”
East County Fire & Rescue Assistant Chief Dean Thornberry looks on as firefighter Frank Billington points out the coverage area of Station 96, which also serves as his house. Pulling up to a blue, one-story residence in rural Bear Prairie, firefighter Frank Billington is met by a Little Tikes plastic car in the yard, a basketball hoop in the driveway and a burly golden Labrador-retriever mix wagging its tail as it approaches.Opening the door to his vehicle, Billington said: “Welcome to Station 96.”It’s not your typical fire station. There aren’t garage bays filled with 40-foot-long red firetrucks. There isn’t a large sign and an American flag standing outside. And, Billington said, “There’s no fire pole. One of the first questions I get is, ‘Do you have a fire pole in your house?’”Billington, a 40-year-old man with jet-black hair, is a resident firefighter with East County Fire & Rescue. He lives with his wife, Wendi, and five of their six children at the agency’s Bear Prairie Fire Station — which is really a house. The firefighters call it “Fort Billington.”“I like being out here. There’s something unique about it,” he said.Bear Prairie is a rural area northeast of Camas and Washougal where the average home sits on 5 acres of land. Tucked in a hilly, wooded area, the neighborhood is bordered by the Washougal River to the south and Mount Livingston to the west.His position is a volunteer one, so when Billington isn’t at his full-time job at Clark Public Utilities, he responds to emergency calls in his neighborhood, around the fire district and even into Skamania County. Upon hearing a loud beep from his pager, Billington heads out his front door and hops into his squad vehicle — a 15-foot mini-pumper equipped with a 400-gallon water tank, 700 feet of hose and even a ladder. It is also fully stocked with medical equipment, since 80 percent of calls for firefighters are medical emergencies.
Camas wide receiver Zach Eagle catches a 78 yard pass for a touchdown against Eastlake at Eastlake High School, Saturday, November 23, 2013. Camas won 47-28. (Steven Lane/The Columbian) What does the forecast look like for Thanksgiving travel? Check out the week’s weather forecast for Clark County here.This weekend’s top stories and news you may have missed:Camas passes playoff test with victory over EastlakeSAMMAMISH — The Camas Papermakers passed their first real test of the season Saturday, and they made some Clark County high school football history in the process.Zach Eagle scored four touchdowns, Reilly Hennessey threw for 292 yards, and the Papermakers fought off Eastlake in a 47-28 victory in the Class 4A state quarterfinals.Top-ranked Camas (12-0) became the first team from Clark County to reach the state semifinals in three consecutive seasons. The Papermakers will face Bellarmine Prep in the Tacoma Dome next week, date and time to be determined.They got there by surviving this road trip to Sammamish, by thriving under their first pressure situation of 2013. After 11 blowout victories, the Papermakers had to secure this win in the final 14 minutes of the game.
The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the body found Friday in the Columbia River as that of a Vancouver man.The office has yet to determine the cause of death for the man, Craig W. Grundmeier, 54, or the manner in which he died, according to a press release issued Monday. Local agencies recovered a body Friday night from the Columbia River system near Vancouver. The body was spotted in the water near the point where the Willamette River meets the Columbia, Vancouver police Sgt. Mike Davis said last week.The body was brought to a Vancouver dock, where the Clark County Medical Examiner’s office took custody at about 6:40 p.m. Authorities did not indicate how long the body had been in the water.The Vancouver Police Department’s Major Crimes Team is investigating the death, which is standard procedure when a body is found near the Washington side of the Columbia, said Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp.
Showcase best practice in reward and benefits by entering the Employee Benefits Awards 2017.There are 23 categories to enter, ranging from most engaging benefits proposition to best mental health strategy, and everything in between.Enter by Friday 9 December 2016 for your chance to win.The categories for the Employee Benefits Awards 2017 are:Best healthcare and wellbeing benefits – small employerBest healthcare and wellbeing benefits – large employerBest mental health strategyBest healthcare communicationsBest DC pensions strategyBest pensions communicationsBest financial wellbeing strategyMost motivational benefitsMost engaging benefits propositionBest flexible benefits planBest voluntary benefitsBest employee share schemesBest global or expatriate benefitsBest staff travel benefitsBest benefits communications – small employerBest benefits communications – large employerBest benefits strategy for a multi-generational workforceBest employee value propositionBest alignment of benefits to business strategyBest benefits to support diversity and inclusionBest use of benefits technologyBenefits team of the yearEmployee benefits professional of the yearTo enter and find out more, visit www.employeebenefitsawards.co.uk.
Katie Scott rounds up some of February’s key facts and figures relating to employee benefits:46% of Canadian employee respondents would participate in employer-provided education programmes for mental health and stress reduction (Source: Sun Life Financial) bit.ly/2kJnAmM60% of HR manager and director respondents believe that the government’s Fit for Work service places too much focus on fitness to work rather than early intervention measures and phased returns to work (Source: PMI Health Group) bit.ly/2kcTPrs49% of health insurance claims among employees in the construction and building sector relate to musculoskeletal disorders (Source: ECIS) bit.ly/2lfb0cE 86% of employee respondents under the age of 35 believe that employee benefits packages would impact upon their decision to move jobs in the future (Source: Equiniti) bit.ly/2leLNOW£62,000 is the average annual basic salary for reward and benefits professionals (Source: Employee Benefits) bit.ly/2kEo6mc43% of employee respondents feel valued for their contribution to the organisation they work for (Source: Dragonfish) bit.ly/2jYsFrY
The average advertised salary in the UK fell by 1% from £32,519 in June 2017 to £32,199 in July 2017, according to research by Adzuna.Its UK job market report: August 2017, which analyses online job vacancy data in the UK from over 500 sources, found that the average advertised UK salary for July 2017 is 1.5% lower than in July 2016, when it stood at £32,688 a year.In the south east of England, average advertised salaries fell by 3.3% year on year to £30,683, while average advertised salaries in Northern Ireland increased by 2.3% year on year to reach £29,690.The average advertised annual salary for graduates in the UK is £24,454 at July 2017, up 3.6% year on year.The average advertised salary in the UK HR and recruitment sector is 12.3% higher than in July 2016, rising to £34,004. Meanwhile, the average advertised salary for teaching vacancies increased by 5.6% in the 12 months to July 2017 to reach £26,877, and the average advertised salary for travel jobs rose by 5.2% to £25,569.Doug Monro, co-founder at Adzuna, said: “The forecast for the jobs market seems to be continued dry spells of poor wage growth that will cause a drought [in] the labour market for the foreseeable future. However, sunny spells could lie ahead if certain Brexit predictions come to fruition and the national output is boosted. Adzuna data shows there are a growing number of advertised vacancies available for skilled workers and jobseekers should make the most of the opportunity.“As the cost of living is growing at a rate faster than wage growth, a sensible financial attitude is key. With advertised salaries so stagnant, those already in employment may be best served remaining in their existing roles and seeing if they can improve their wage that way.”
A quarter (25%) of respondents state that no increase in salary would make them forgo flexibility at work, according to research by workforce management software organisation Quinyx.Its Work that keeps the UK working: how flexible working can help power 24-hour Britain in a post-Brexit age report, which surveyed 2,018 full and part-time employees in the UK who work both fixed and non-fixed hours, also found that 36% of respondents would need at least a 31% increase in their salary if they were to waive flexibility at work, although 47% of respondents aged over 55 cite that no boost in wages could persuade them to forgo their flexibility.Erik Fjellborg (pictured), chief executive officer and founder at Quinyx, said: “Widening skills gaps, a lag in productivity and Brexit on the horizon [means] British businesses are struggling to find, hire and retain the [employees] they need.“Flexible working is an untapped solution to the UK’s biggest business challenges; the more employees are able to choose the right schedule for them, the happier, and therefore more productive, they’ll be. But, it’s clear that the current mindset needs to change. Flexibility does not need to mean increased costs and logistical nightmares; in fact, with the right tools in place, it’s simple and economical. By increasing flexibility, employers will give [staff] a voice and a choice, ultimately increasing productivity, retention and their overall performance.”More than one in 10 (17%) of respondents think that their schedule suggests that their employer does not care about their wellbeing outside of work, as 10% believe their family life is suffering because of a lack of flexibility at work and 15% feel isolated from family and friends due to their schedule.“Ultimately this impacts the quality of life for millions of people,” explained Fjellborg. “It’s quite unfair that you have a big portion of society that has flexibility and a big portion that doesn’t. It can affect health issues, family and friends. It’s a huge opportunity to create a better life for many, many people, and I think it’s unfair that [blue-collar workers] are just unlucky to work in an industry where flexibility is more difficult.”Around 80% of respondents aged between 16 and 24 said they face barriers to achieving more flexible work schedules; linked to this, only 17% of employees surveyed stated that their employer proactively offered flexible working arrangements. Around 16% of respondents believe their manager would react badly to a request for greater flexibility and 15% worry that requesting flexible working would impact negatively on promotions and career progression. A further 15% also think that flexible working arrangements makes schedule planning too difficult for their managers.Discussing this complexity, Fjellborg said: “It’s a big challenge to make sure the attractive shifts are spread fairly. There has to be a manager who can make sure there isn’t an employee who puts himself or herself on too many shifts, for example. The human element is very important, having a manager who can supervise and make sure flexibility is working. But it impacts staff retention, they will stay for a longer time. And actually when you start playing around with flexibility, you get better at having the right person for the right [job].”A fifth (20%) of employees who work shifts put the ability to pick and choose their own shifts at the top of their priority list with regards to flexibility, while 16% prioritise the ability to change or swap shifts at late notice.Fjellborg added: “Whether male or female, young or old, with a bar or boardroom as an office, everyone should be offered fair and flexible work. While zero-hours contracts work for some, many of the other formal flexible working arrangements that are currently in place are for men in white-collar industries. This means that women, youth, and blue-collar [employees] are often left behind.“It is essential that business leaders and managers address this and ‘unforget’ this previously forgotten workforce. That’s why we’re calling on employers across the UK to work with all their staff to better understand and implement the flexibility that’s right for them.”
Total pay for employees in the UK, including bonuses, increased by 1.8% in real terms during the reporting period between April to June 2018 and April to June 2019, according to research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).The Average weekly earnings in Great Britain: August 2019 report also found that regular pay, which excludes bonus payments, increased by 1.9% between April to June 2018 and April to June 2019.The annual growth in average weekly earnings for UK employees has improved by 3.7% in terms of total pay, inclusive of bonus payments, compared to a 3.9% growth rate for regular pay, which does not take into account bonus awards.Average regular pay for employees in Great Britain, before tax and other deductions from pay, was £505 a week in nominal terms in June 2019. In real terms, UK employees received average regular wages of £469 a week for June 2019, compared to £460 a year earlier. Total pay for employees in Great Britain was £499 a week in June 2019, before tax and other deductions.Ben Keighley, founder at Socially Recruited, said: “The intensity of the competition between employers for the best recruits is now driving up average wages at the fastest rate for more than a decade.“On one level, this is leading to a steady increase in salaries. Average wages are now rising at their fastest level since 2008. But employers are also finding new ways to poach recruits from their rivals, and we’re seeing an increasing focus on people who are not even actively job hunting, with recruiters using a range of sophisticated approaches to encourage people to try something different.“At the same time, growing [organisations] need to shore up their own teams by offering good training and perks. Britain’s job creation boom may be easing, but the competition for the best staff remains as intense as ever.”Between April to June 2018 and April to June 2019, annual total pay in the public sector grew by 3.9%, creating the highest growth rate since May 2010.Average total pay growth, including bonuses, for employees working within the construction sector was estimated at 5.9% for the reporting period between April to June 2018 and April to June 2019. This compares to a 2.4% total pay growth in the wholesale, retail, hotels and restaurant industry; regular pay growth for this sector was 3.1%.The ONS has attributed pay increases to the improved national living wage and national minimum wage rates, set in April 2019, which are 4.9% higher than the 2018 rate. It also stated that NHS pay rises have impacted public sector pay growth.Gerwyn Davies, senior labour market adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), added: “The tightening labour market, especially in sectors such as construction, is clearly putting pressure on firms to raise wages for staff. Looking ahead, organisations need to address their workforce pipeline challenges before migration restrictions hit them hard; improving pay on its own will not be enough.”
SEATTLE (WSVN) — A JetBlue passenger was told she’s “unfit to fly” due to her outfit.Maggie McMuffin, a burlesque dancer in Seattle, was told by a JetBlue employee that the pilot felt her striped shorts were inappropriate.The woman said she had no other clothes, so she tried to compromise with the airline. “I could tie a sweater around my waist,” said McMuffin. “I could get a blanket from you guys, and I was told, ‘If you don’t change your clothes, you’re not going to be able to board this flight.’”The passenger chose to buy a new pair of shorts at the airport, rather than change her flight.JetBlue has since offered an apology to McMuffin and a $162 flight credit.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
#BreakingNews @USCG boat crew rescues 2 Cuban fisherman, disabled and adrift for 3 days w/o food or water. More https://t.co/xia2OZ7sdC pic.twitter.com/y2AeenOdVM— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) May 18, 2017The Coast Guard picked them up and transported them to the hospital. They were in stable condition and should be OK.Once treated, the boaters will be sent back to Cuba. FLORIDA KEYS, Fla. (WSVN) – A U.S. Coast Guard crew came to the rescue of two stranded Cuban fishermen off the Florida Keys.The Coast Guard was alerted about the missing fishermen after their boat did not return to Cuba in three days.Both fishermen were spotted a few miles south of the Florida Keys, Thursday. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – The FBI released surveillance pictures of a man who, they said, robbed a Bank United in Miami.They said he walked in at around 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, and demanded money from an employee.The thief took off with an undisclosed amount of cash from the branch along the 2000 block of Coral Way and Southwest 22nd Avenue.No one was hurt.If you have any information on this bank robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS or the FBI at 754-703-2000.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WSVN) — A sheriff in Massachusetts has offered up a unique idea for the clean-up effort in the aftermath of Harvey: he says he wants to send inmates to flood-ravaged Texas.Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said he has already reached out to other sheriffs in the Houston area.“We think that it would be incredible to have the inmates volunteer, we already have 10 of our own that have said they would love to go,” said Hodgson.It’s not the first time the sheriff has offered an unorthodox solution when it comes to labor: Hodgson previously proposed sending inmates to build President Donald Trump’s border wall on the Mexican border.His Harvey plan would need to be approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – An anonymous tip led police to a big bust in Miami Gardens.Monday evening, Miami Gardens Police tweeted out a photo showing firearms, ammo and drugs seized by officers. The photo showed the items on the back of a police vehicle. See Something, Say Something! An anonymous phone call to our non-emergency number yesterday (305-474-MGPD 6473) about suspicious activity, resulted in the removal of these firearms and some illegal drugs off of our streets. pic.twitter.com/FDjyvX8viT— MGPD (@MGPDFL) January 23, 2018The agency did not say where the items were found or whether they made any arrests.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI (WSVN) – Police are searching for a robber who targeted a cellphone business in Miami.Miami Police said an armed man walked into the MetroPCS store along Northwest 23rd Avenue and 28th Street and demanded money from an employee, Monday.The employee complied and the subject got away with a bag full of money.The robber took off on foot.If you recognize the robber, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A middle school in Pompano Beach has reason to celebrate after being recognized for championing kindness on campus.Crystal Lake Middle School is one of 10 finalists out of nearly 500 participants across the country in the Middle School Kindness Challenge. The program recognizes efforts in creating a bully-free environment.“The reward is good, but what will eventually happen is they won’t need a reward. They’ll do it just to do it,” said Sabine Phillips, the school’s principal.Eighth-grader Destiny Corker said she appreciates how students are trying to make each other feel welcome.“It made me feel good to know that some kids who may not be having the best morning or who didn’t get out of bed had a good time, that they’re smiling today because somebody makes them feel good,” she said.The school was rewarded a $1,000 check, which will be used to continue supporting activities promoting kindness.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.