DENVER — Hit the slopes — and then a bong?Marijuana legalization votes this week in Colorado and Washington state don’t just set up an epic state-federal showdown on drug law for residents. The measures also open the door for marijuana tourism.Both marijuana measures make marijuana possession in small amounts OK for all adults over 21 — not just state residents but visitors, too. Tourists may not be able to pack their bowls along with their bags, but as long as out-of-state tourists purchase and use the drug while in Colorado or Washington, they wouldn’t violate the marijuana measures.Of course, that’s assuming the recreational marijuana measures take effect at all. That was very much in doubt Friday as the states awaited word on possible lawsuits from the U.S. Department of Justice asserting federal supremacy over drug law.So the future of marijuana tourism in Colorado and Washington is hazy. But that hasn’t stopped rampant speculation, especially in Colorado, where tourism is the No. 2 industry thanks to the Rocky Mountains and a vibrant ski industry.The day after Colorado approved recreational marijuana by a wide margin, the headline in the Aspen Times asked, “Aspendam?” referring to Amsterdam’s marijuana cafes.
Anglers had a good day on Wednesday at The Dalles and in the Tri-Cities in the first day of the Columbia River northern pikeminnow sport reward program.“The Dalles has been the red-hot spot for the last few years, and that was certainly the case on Wednesday – a lot of anglers, and a lot of fish,” said Eric Winther, program manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. “And the Tri-Cities station at Columbia Point Park in Richland reported that they’ve had their best day in recent memory.”Rewards of $4 to $8 per pikeminnow measuring at least nine inches are paid from now through Sept. 30. Pikeminnows consume millions of young salmon and steelhead migrating down the Columbia and Snake rivers each year.The predator accounts for about 80 percent of all fish that kill young salmon.“We expected things to start off good as the river, condition-wise, is pretty good,” Winther said. “Typically, lower water years are better for us as the river is not high and muddy.”Special tagged pikeminnow are worth $500 if caught. One such $500 fish was caught Wednesday at the Interstate 5 Bridge.Pikeminnow are native to the Northwest, but construction of the dams created conditions that increased their numbers.Participants in the reward program must sign up daily at the registration station before fishing and need a state fishing license.Bonneville Power Adminstration funds the program.“Our peak – our best fishing – is usually about the third week of June for northern pikeminnow,” Winther said. “With things lining up with the river conditions, the fishing should just keep getting better between now and then.”
UPDATE: Vancouver police say both Sierra Cunninghham and Breeanna Campbell were found and have been reunited with family members.Police said they would like to thank members of the public for getting involved, providing tips and information and searching for these teens. Here is a press release from the Vancouver Police Department:During late hours of 06-01-13, Vancouver Police Department’s patrol units responded to a radio call of “Missing Child.” Subsequent investigation revealed that eleven year old Sierra Cunningham was visiting her thirteen year old friend Breeanna Campbell, who lived at 2100 block of East 26th St in Vancouver. Investigation further revealed that on 06-01-13 at approximately 8:00 pm, both girls had left Breeanna’s house on foot. Their destination was unknown at the time. Several hours later, Breeanna and Sierra did not return home and worried parents called the police for assistance. Breeanna was thirteen years old at time of this report. She is a White female with blond hair, blue eyes, approximately 5’4″ tall and weighing approximately 120 lbs. Breanna was last seen wearing shorts with unknown further clothing description. Sierra was eleven years old at time of this report. Sierra is a White female with brown hair, brown eyes, approximately 4’8″ tall and weighing approximately 75 lbs. Sierra was last seen wearing jean shorts, unknown color / type shirt, and pink shoes. Sierra may have been wearing glasses at time of her disappearance. Neither one of the two girls had a cell phone on their person at time of this incident. Anyone with information on either of the two girls’ current whereabouts is asked to immediately call Vancouver Police Dispatch via “911.” Test Caption
Firefighters quickly extinguished a small blaze at a house under construction that was the spot of a fire three years ago.Smoke and flames were reported at 6:41 a.m. Thursday at 39812 N.E. 94th Ave. northeast of La Center.Firefighters from Clark County Fire District 10 arrived and put out the fire within minutes, Battalion Chief Gordon Brooks said.The fire was contained to the floor of one room, Brooks said, so damage was minimal.There was a fire at the address three years ago and the owner, who lives in a trailer on the property, was rebuilding on the site, Brooks said.Clark County property records show the house as belonging to Robert Brannfors.
A Vancouver man suspected of intoxicated driving in a fatal crash has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide.Jonathon K. Reno, 42, was also arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants and was booked into the Lewis County Jail on Friday, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn. About 7 p.m. Nov. 10, Reno was driving a 1991 Honda Accord south on Jackson Highway at a high rate of speed when the car struck a guardrail, crossed the centerline and struck a power pole before it landed in a ditch, according to the state patrol.Reno’s passenger, Adam W. Newstrom, 28, of Vancouver, died in the crash. Reno was taken via air ambulance to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, where he remained under watch until his arrest.Neither of the two occupants was wearing a seat belt, Finn said.
Clark County sheriff’s deputies have identified a driver suspected of causing a crash that seriously injured a pedestrian Sunday evening near Columbia River High School in Hazel Dell.Chancellor Pruett, 18, of Vancouver was driving a 2006 black Mazda 4-door westbound on Northwest 99th Street faster than the posted 35 mph speed limit, according to a memo issued by the sheriff’s office. At about 6:20 p.m., Pruett passed a vehicle, using the right-turn-only lane in the 900 block of the street, near Columbia River High School, according to the memo. The Mazda then cut back into the westbound lane, crashing into an eastbound 1997 Silver BMW that was turning into a driveway, the sheriff’s office reported.After the two cars collided, the sheriff’s office said, the Mazda careered into a juvenile male walking on the sidewalk on the north side of the street.The pedestrian, a 17-year-old Vancouver resident, was seriously injured and taken to an area hospital. His name was not released by the sheriff’s office, and authorities did not know his condition.
A healthy lifestyle during pregnancy is important, and, as local obstetricians point out, the steps women take before conceiving can have a big impact on the pregnancy, and the health of mom and baby.“Pregnancy is an incredible stress on your body,” said Dr. Joy Pretcher, obstetrician and gynecologist at Kaiser Permanente Salmon Creek Medical Office. “If you’re already not handling your physiology well, pregnancy is going to put a further strain on that.”A planned pregnancy and a healthy mother-to-be can help women to enjoy their pregnancy more and reduce the risk of serious complications and birth defects.“You really, really want to optimize their health before conceiving,” Pretcher said. “Pregnancy is a marathon for your body.”Folic acidOne of the most important things a woman can do before getting pregnant is to begin taking prenatal vitamins, which contain folic acid.“That folic acid is really essential to helping the spinal cord form,” Pretcher said.The folic acid helps to prevent two serious birth defects of the brain and spine — spina bifida and anencephaly — that typically occur early in pregnancy (three to four weeks after conception) and before most women even know they’re pregnant.
Melco Resorts & Entertainment Chairman Lawrence Ho says he is open to expanding the company’s Philippines integrated resort, City of Dreams Manila, onto vacant land alongside the property owned by its local partner Belle Corp.His comments come after Belle Corp revealed in April that it had submitted a proposal to Melco’s Philippines subsidiary, Melco Resorts (Philippines), to expand City of Dreams Manila onto one hectare of vacant land, to be used primarily for non-gaming facilities including at least one new hotel. Melco Resorts defers acquisition of second tranche of Crown shares until conclusion of regulatory inquiry RelatedPosts Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaul Discussing City of Dreams Manila in a recent interview with CNBC, Ho confirmed his company’s interest.“We’re looking at potentially expanding,” Ho said. “I think there is contiguous land around where our resort is so we are looking at expanding together with our Philippines partner but … still early days.”Belle Corp President Manuel Gana claimed in April that Belle would explore using the land for its own purposes if Melco didn’t come to the party, but added he would “prefer Melco to get involved so it can be consolidated into City of Dreams.”Ho was quick to talk up his company’s strong track record of partnerships, stating “we continue to have a great partnership” with Belle Corp. Load More Las Vegas Sands reaches new SG$4 billion loan agreements for Marina Bay Sands expansion
Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team RelatedPosts Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan Jan Jones Blackhurst to leave executive role, join Caesars Board of Directors The 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) main event kicks off today at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.The planet’s single most prestigious poker tournament attracts players from right across the globe, with dozens of representatives from Asia to take their place in this year’s field including Inside Asian Gaming CEO Andrew W Scott. More than 7,000 players are expected to pay the US$10,000 entry fee over the course of three Day 1 flights, creating a prize pool of close to US$70 million with a top prize of over US$8 million for the winner. Load More IAG will bring you plenty of updates along the way.The WSOP famously began in 1970 when Benny Binion invited seven of the world’s best players to the Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas to compete against one another in a series of cash games, with the winner, Johnny Moss, decided by a vote from his peers.Since then it has grown into an annual behemoth with this year’s WSOP – which kicked off on 28 May – featuring 78 gold bracelet events.The main event itself will include a total of 10 competition days, not including the three separate Day 1 flights, with the final table to be played over three days from Thursday 12 to Saturday 14 July.
Load More Silver Heritage halts preparation of financial statements on a going concern basis as sale looms Buyer search no longer exclusive as main Silver Heritage candidate misses second deposit deadline Of immediate concern is the company’s first US$2 million repayment of bonds due March 2020, part of a renegotiated deal with OCP Asia last September aimed at providing Silver Heritage more time to ramp up operations at Tiger Palace Resort. As part of that deal, Silver Heritage repaid US$6.8 million of bonds at the time and was granted an extension of the maturity date of the remaining US$11.2 million through to April 2021.But those plans were thrown into disarray when the company learned that table games at Phoenix International Club in Vietnam – where it ran gaming operations on behalf of the owner – were no longer allowed under a revised Investment Certificate. Silver Heritage subsequently parted ways with Phoenix, which accounted for 45% of the group’s 2018 revenue, as part of a US$5.25 million settlement agreement.In its Friday filing, Silver Heritage revealed that the cessation of its Vietnam operations “is a potential event of default under the terms of its Bonds,” although it added it had not yet received any notification of default from its Bondholders. The company has also received a waiver in relation to an upcoming EBITDA covenant test for the six months ended 30 June 2019, “which with the loss of its Vietnam operations it is unlikely to meet.”Instead, Silver Heritage said it will seek new avenues of fundraising in order to pay its upcoming debts. Notably, the group is still chasing the second instalment of the settlement agreement after its former Vietnamese partner defaulted last month. Silver Heritage said that, following ongoing discussions, it has now received an initial payment of US$200,000 but is still working to receive the remaining balance.The company is also continuing to court potential buyers of its Nepal operations with reports that up to four genuine expressions of interest have been received. Ainsworth launches review of product development after Asia-Pacific struggles see FY19 decline The unexpected loss of its Vietnam business has left Southeast Asian casino operator Silver Heritage Group in need of additional funding if it is to meet an upcoming US$2 million repayment of bonds.In a trading update issued in conjunction with the company’s 2018 Annual Report on Friday – the release of which was delayed due to reporting irregularities discovered at its flagship Tiger Palace Resort in Nepal – Silver Heritage warned that recent events may cast significant doubt on the company’s ability to continue due to a potential inability to “realise its assets and extinguish its liabilities in the normal course of business.” RelatedPosts
Insurance organisation Allianz Worldwide Partners has hosted its third Learning at Work Week, providing its 550 UK-based employees with access to activities designed to enhance their personal and professional development.Over the course of the week, employees were able to take part in creative activities such as Latin dance lessons, a craft workshop, a biscuit-icing masterclass, and a hip-hop dance session.Wellbeing activities such as manicures, hypnotherapy, reflexology, massages, and meditation were also available for staff to enjoy, as well as health checks and first aid training.Lunchtime talks enabled staff to learn about topics such as money management, body building and nutrition. The organisation’s charity partner, the London Air Ambulance, also came on-site to speak to staff about the work the charity performs. Employees also took part in career coaching and car maintenance sessions.The week, which took place in May 2017, had a curious and creative theme, designed to inspire more employers to support workplace learning for staff.Serge Corel (pictured), chief executive officer at Allianz Worldwide Partners in the UK and Ireland, said: “Learning at Work Week offers a great opportunity to inspire employees and reward them for their year-round hard work and commitment. This year’s event was our most successful yet and we are confident that the week will become a firm fixture on our calendar.“We understand the benefits of creating a happy, engaging workplace and Learning at Work Week allows us to focus on personal development in a way that’s fun and informative whilst helping to recharge our batteries and bring the team together.”
An independent review into mental health practices in the workplace has recommended six mental health core standards to help employers better support their staff, including employees with poor mental health or wellbeing.The Thriving at work review, which was commissioned by prime minister Theresa May in January 2017, explores how employers can provide better support to all of their employees to remain in and thrive at work. This includes recommendations on how employers can better assist employees who have poor mental health or wellbeing.Mental health campaigner, Lord Dennis Stevenson led the review in collaboration with Paul Farmer CBE, chief executive officer at Mind and chair of the NHS Mental Health Taskforce, advising all employers to commit to six mental health core standards in order to form an approach to workplace mental health. These include creating, implementing and communicating mental health at work plans, developing mental health awareness for employees, promoting effective people management through line management, and introducing routine monitoring of employee mental health and wellbeing. The core standards also recommend that employers encourage open conversations about mental health and the support available, and provide employees with good working conditions to ensure they have a healthy work-life balance as well as opportunities for development.The review which took into consideration accounts from over 200 employers of people with mental health problems, as well as opinions from leading mental health and work experts suggests that larger employers and organisations in the public sector should demonstrate best practice through external and internal reporting and designated leadership responsibility, as well as ensure the provision of tailored in-house mental health support and signposting to clinical help.Additionally, the review recommends the creation of an online health and wellbeing portal to help employers access the tools and guidance they may need, as well as the provision of extra support for small to medium businesses. The review suggests changes to legislation to offer better protection for staff with mental health problems, measures to ensure that workplace mental health is promoted and enhanced through greater transparency, and looks at the role of regulators. Furthermore, the report also discusses the use of digital technology, and how this can be used as a means to support employees working remotely or in the gig economy.The final report targets specific recommendations at the government too, such as encouraging the government to implement the mental health core standards across the public sector, as well as ensuring that mental health services are prioritised in the NHS to enable access to treatment while maintaining employment.Research by professional services firm Deloitte that was featured in the review found that poor mental health costs the UK economy between £74 billion and £99 billion a year, with the cost to employers being between £33 billion and £42 billion. Its analysis also demonstrated a return on investment of between £1.50 and £9 for every £1 invested into mental health workplace interventions.Paul Farmer (pictured), chief executive at Mind, said: “We found that in many workplaces, mental health is still a taboo subject and that opportunities are missed to prevent poor mental health and ensure employees who may be struggling get the support they need. In many instances employers simply don’t understand the crucial role they can play, or know where to go for advice and support.“The human cost of failing to address mental health in the workplace is clear. Workplace mental health should be a priority for organisations across the UK. Every employer in the UK has a responsibility to support employees with mental health problems and promote the mental wellbeing of their entire workforce.”Dennis Stevenson, mental health campaigner, added: “In light of the demonstrable impact of poor workplace wellbeing on individuals, employers and the UK economy, we are calling on the government to accept the recommendations in full, and to introduce the core standards in the public sector. We need the right leadership among employers in the public, private and voluntary sectors, and a mandate from policy-makers to deliver our ambitious but achievable plan. It’s time for every employer to recognise their responsibilities and affect change, so that the UK becomes a world leader in workplace wellbeing for all staff and in supporting people with mental health problems to thrive at work.”James Malia, director of employee benefits at Sodexo Engage, said: “Today’s Thriving at work report makes some reasonable recommendations for employers on how to support their staff, but the truth is that more needs to be done and we should stop relying on just the government. Whilst we have come a long way in eliminating the taboo of mental health, talk must turn in to action. Promoting effective people management is simply not enough. Businesses need to invest in intensive training which give these managers the tools and understanding of how to recognise both good and poor mental health. Most of all, if it’s possible to have one or more mental health ambassadors in the workplace who have been through their own challenges, it will immediately encourage more employees to speak out.”Rachel Suff, senior employment relations adviser at the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD), said: “This welcome review shows that the UK is facing a greater challenge than expected when it comes to mental health in the workplace. With one in six people at work affected by mental ill health, a commitment from the government to address the issues head on and adopt the recommendations will be a clear signal to employers to do the same.“Mental health can still be hard for us to talk about, and we need to focus on improving the situation at a societal and workplace level. This report highlights the vital role that employers should play in tackling the persistent stigma and promoting inclusive workplaces.“Creating a healthy workplace is good for people and good for business; employers need to understand the countless benefits of what a healthy and happy workforce can deliver in terms of productivity, retention and engagement. The success of this report will ultimately rest on the willingness of government, employers and key stakeholders to work together in partnership to deliver long-term and sustainable change.”
MIAMI (WSVN) – A major gas leak has affected an underwater pipe in Miami.Miami Fire Rescue crews and the hazardous materials team responded to the scene, Wednesday morning, near 441 and Northwest 14th Street.A technical rescue team was requested due to the damaged pipe located below water.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Thank You to EVERYONE that has supported the #TrayvonMartinFoundation in every way! 5th Annual Remembrance Dinner #Trayvon17 pic.twitter.com/r7N7wLNAkM— Sybrina Fulton (@SybrinaFulton) February 12, 2017The teen was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida, back in 2012.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5th Annual Peace Rally Underway #TrayvonMartin4ever pic.twitter.com/N36jw6KWYL— Sybrina Fulton (@SybrinaFulton) February 11, 2017Trayvon’s father referred to the shootings that sent three Carol City Senior High School students to the hospital, Friday. “I think it’s important because, just look and see what happened yesterday,” said Tracy Martin. “There was a shooting in this area, so it’s important to get back to our community in things that we do and just become a family.”The event ended in West Miami-Dade with a Remembrance Dinner honoring Trayvon’s life. MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Five years after the death of Trayvon Martin, his parents continue working to promote peace in South Florida.The Trayvon Martin Foundation hosted its annual Remembrance Weekend with a memorial peace walk, Saturday. Supporters carried signs with Trayvon’s picture through the streets of Miami Gardens.Participants said they want to see an end to the gun violence plaguing some South Florida communities.
MIAMI (WSVN) – The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center held a special ceremony, welcoming the creators of the Oscar-winning film “Moonlight” back home to Miami, Saturday.“I’m honored to recognize Miami’s own award-winning brilliant local actors for their groundbreaking work in the Oscar-winning work in ‘Moonlight,’ and thank them for their contributions to the arts, their community, our great nation and the world,” said Florida Representative Frederica Wilson.Hundreds of people packed the area to get a glimpse of the local stars. Several members of the cast and crew were there — like Jaden Piner, director Barry Jenkins and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney.This is the first joint public appearance for Jenkins and McCraney since bringing home the Academy Award for Best Picture.“The Cultural Center was there for us from day one,” said Jenkins. “Shariff was cast from the Cultural Center, so there is nothing special about me or this film. The result may be special, but I’m just an average brown boy from Liberty City who works very hard.”The crowd was later invited to ask the duo questions about the movie — and growing up in Liberty City.“We know, in Liberty City, that life doesn’t fix itself overnight, it takes hard work and dedication to get to the places we get to,” McCraney said. “A movie about that, representations about that, I hope, give permission for people to be themselves.” The day ended with the ultimate honor — Mayor Carlos Gimenez unveiling Moonlight Way, a new street named after the hit movie that helped put the Miami community on the map.“They made us proud, so we want to make sure that we show our token of appreciation for making us proud,” Gimenez said.After the event, Jenkins and McCraney each donated $20,000 to the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
WASHINGTON (WSVN) — President Trump has canceled the White House Christmas party for members of the media, ending a decades-old tradition.Fox News reports the annual holiday event allowed attendees to bring members of their families, and featured an elaborate buffet with items such as crab claws and lamb chops.In previous administrations, the president and first lady would pose for photos with guests in attendance, a process that would take hours. But for last year’s party at the White House, the Trumps only made a brief appearance at the event.With no party for the press planned for this year, several other holiday events are still set to take place in the White House. Some media personalities considered to be favorable to the Trump administration are on those guests lists, including several Fox News hosts, according to the network.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews tended to 10 victims involved in a two-vehicle collision in Miami Gardens.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the crash along Northwest 191st Street and Second Avenue, around 6:30 p.m., Tuesday.Officials said five of the victims were treated at the scene and then transported to nearby hospitals.Among the remaining five are two pediatric victims and one adult victim with serious injuries.Two other adult victims were described as having minor injuries.Southbound lanes were temporarily closed until the scene was cleared.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Refuge officers will check the area to make sure that it will be clear of vehicles before locking the gate, according to a release. KNWR advises residents to make plans accordingly so you aren’t inconvenienced, or find yourself on the wrong side of a locked gate. Once the gate is locked, Mystery Creek Road will also be closed to bicycles. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will be closing the Mystery Creek Road and the Pipeline Corridor to vehicle traffic at 12:01am, on Monday. For additional information, please contact the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters office during regular business hours at (907) 262-7021.
NEW YORK—At Newsweek, all it takes is a $750 camera from B&H, access—and the fearlessness of a cable television vet—to produce online video from the presidential campaign trail.Using what she’s affectionately dubbed the “Tam Cam,” Tammy Haddad, the former MSNBC executive producer and current Newsweek video consultant, told a group of magazine executives—like everyone else, still trying to figure online video—that producing compelling content isn’t an expensive proposition.“We’re talking under $1,000,” said Haddad, speaking on a panel at the Magazines 24/7 conference here Wednesday. “It is to me just like cable,” Haddad, the former producer of Hardball with Chris Matthews, said. “You remember when we told you magazines, ‘Hey, people aren’t going to wait for print’? Now, you have the opportunity to say to them that you aren’t going to wait for TV.”People no longer wait for cable news to find video when a story breaks, she said. “You go to the Web.”Leaning on her political contacts and the Newsweek brand, Haddad recounted how she beat her former employers to exclusive campaign interviews with John McCain, Ted Kennedy—and a chance encounter with Sylvester Stallone in Las Vegas—with a D.I.Y. work-ethic. “We dropped it into the news cycle while the guys from Nightline were looking for their lattes,” Haddad said about the McCain interview.Haddad recalled chasing down an interview with the actress and apparent whale activist Hayden Panettiere leaving a rally for Barack Obama, without knowing who she was. “There were 200 reporters there,” Haddad said. “I said ‘Let’s get her!’”“I asked her what she was doing there,” Haddad continued. “She said ‘I wanted to talk to him about dolphins.’ I called Newsweek and said ‘Oh my God, upload!’”Despite her cable background, she cautioned publishers not to try to replicate cable news. “We’re not trying to be TV,” Haddad said. “That’s the biggest mistake you can make.”FOLIO: @ MAGAZINES 24/7:YouTube Hunting for Magazine PartnersMPA Announces Digital AwardsFacebook to Magazines: Bring Us Your ContentCondeNet, Meredith, Time Inc. on E-Media RollercoasterNewsweek’s D.I.Y. Video Revolution