An Oregon woman climbing on Mount Hood has been brought down off the mountain after a giant ice chunk hit her, causing her to fall about 300 feet.Clackamas County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Strovink says 30-year-old Meredith Jaques of Hood River is reported to have suffered head, neck and back injuries. She was brought down by toboggan late Thursday afternoon to Timberline Lodge and sent on to a Hood River hospital.Witnesses said three other climbers suffered minor injuries when the 20 feet by 40 feet ice chunk broke loose.
Office Ally, which provides electronic medical services, will relocate its Vancouver headquarters to San Antonio, Texas, the company announced Tuesday.No one in Vancouver will lose their job under the deal, CEO Brian O’Neill said. Out of the 136 workers the company employs at its headquarters and technical training and call centers in Vancouver, five who work at the headquarters site will move to San Antonio, while the remaining 131 will stay in their current positions.In moving its headquarters to San Antonio, Office Ally also will carry its plans to grow there: O’Neill said he will add 250 jobs in six months as the company opens a new call center and training facility in its new location. He said he expects to complete the move in late November.O’Neill, a self-described “huge anti-tax person,” blasted Washington state’s business and occupation tax — a tax on gross receipts — saying it’s the reason for his decision to relocate Office Ally’s headquarters.“The state of Texas won 250 jobs instead of the state of Washington,” he said.Growing fastO’Neill, a former IBM software engineer, founded Office Ally in 2000. The company, which now generates between $20 million and $30 million in revenues annually, offers health care providers a variety of computerized medical services, including electronic health records and billing for doctors.Under the company’s corporate relocation plans, it will move out of its 10,000-square-foot headquarters in Vancouver and into a 17,000-square-foot facility in San Antonio. The company began in Irvine, Calif., where it still operates training and call center facilities.
Nikii Davis, from Portland, packs a year’s supply of fireworks at Blackjack Fireworks, on the first day of sales in Washington, Saturday, June 28, 2008. She spent $130.00. (The Columbian/ Steven Lane) As Independence Day draws close, folks across Vancouver get ready to draw their battle lines over what’s become one of the community’s most incendiary topics: fireworks.Some look at it as a day to batten down the hatches, get Fido some tranquilizers and keep the garden hose at the ready to extinguish wayward missiles. Others stock up at local stands, toasting their freedoms with awe-inducing displays and parties with friends.Either way, the day’s rituals have become tradition.But those traditions could change, if the Vancouver City Council approves a new ordinance that would ban many types of fireworks and instead move to a “safe-and-sane” policy that would permit only the type of fireworks sold in Portland and the rest of Oregon. The council is expected to take up the topic Monday, and again for a public hearing on June 18.Roman candles and mortars would be banned, as would anything that travels more than 12 inches vertically from the source of ignition or more than 15 feet horizontally. Sparklers, base and cone fountains, ground blooms and smoke devices will remain kosher.The change would affect only activities within city limits; the Clark County commissioners have not indicated they are interested in a change. The change would also not take effect until 2013.
A Portland woman was injured after the pickup she was driving struck a boat and trailer on state Highway 14 in Camas on Sunday.The Washington State Patrol said Mark A. Carter, 54, of Vancouver was pulling a boat on a trailer with a 1994 GMC pickup. He was westbound at the Camas slough bridge about noon.The patrol said the boat trailer disconnected and went into the eastbound lane, where the 2003 Ford F250 pickup hit the boat and trailer. Driver Ioan Galofteanu, 68, of Portland was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for facial, neck and back injuries, the patrol said. The hospital did not have a record of her on Sunday night.The boat and trailer were totaled, as was Galofteanu’s pickup, the patrol said.Carter was cited for failure to secure a load.
Police arrested a Vancouver woman who allegedly stole from elderly people by convincing them to let her into their homes.Christina L. Higdon, 40, was arrested Tuesday after a Vancouver Police Department sergeant recognized her as a possible suspect. After she was taken into custody and interviewed, she was booked into the Clark County Jail on three counts of third-degree theft, possession of methamphetamine, two outstanding felony warrants and two misdemeanor warrants. Over the past month and a half, Higdon would allegedly knocked on victims’ doors and asked to use the phone. When she left, the residents would find their purse or money missing. Most of the victims were in their 70s and 80s.Police are continuing to investigate the thefts.Hidgon’s criminal history in Clark County district and superior courts dates back to 1998. In 2011, she pleaded guilty to first-degree theft.
KIEV, Ukraine — A Russian military truck broke down the gates of a Ukrainian base in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol and the installation is under siege by Russians on Friday, the Interfax news agency reported. No shots have been fired.About 100 Ukrainian troops are stationed at the base, Interfax reported, citing a duty officer and Ukraine’s defense ministry. About 20 “attackers” entered and some threw stun grenades, the report said.The Ukrainians barricaded themselves inside one of their barracks, and their commander began negotiations, Interfax said.In the week since Russia seized control of Crimea, Russian troops have been neutralizing and disarming Ukrainian military bases on the Black Sea peninsula. Some Ukrainian units, however, have refused to surrender.Crimea’s new leader has said pro-Russian forces numbering more than 11,000 now control all access to region and have blockaded all military bases that haven’t yet surrendered.Russia has been swept up in patriotic fervor for bringing Crimea, its old imperial jewel, back into its territory — as tens of thousands of people thronged Red Square in Moscow on Friday waving flags and chanting “Crimea is Russia!” while a parliamentary leader promised the peninsula would be welcomed as an “equal subject” of Russia.
The state Legislature’s short session, which ended last week, is being described as a mixed bag for Clark County.By the end of the session, several of the county’s top legislative priorities had failed to reach a vote. Others passed, but it was clear: Clark County was left, somewhat expectedly, in legislative limbo until the next session.“Overall, not a lot happened,” said Axel Swanson, the county’s senior policy analyst. “It was a short session, so it set us up for not a lot happening.”In fact, Swanson said, the session could be defined by what didn’t happen. The state didn’t place any costly mandates on the county, nor did it further strip away sources of revenue, including those generated by liquor sales.And passage of a controversial $12.3 billion transportation package was delayed, giving the county hope that its future iteration would shore up more money for local projects. Swanson characterized those as positives.Nonetheless, many county-backed bills did languish. They included one that would have allowed counties bordering states without a sales tax to collect a percentage of state-shared revenue, and a bill that would have overhauled the state’s medical marijuana laws.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy flexed its old muscles in 2014.More than five years removed from the Great Recession, worries had taken hold that perhaps the world’s largest economy had slid into a semi-permanent funk.Consumers, businesses and investors, after enduring a brutal winter, showed renewed vigor as the year wore on and set the United States apart from much of the world. Stocks repeatedly set record highs. Employers were on pace to add nearly 3 million jobs, the most in 15 years. Sinking oil prices cut gasoline costs to their lowest levels since May 2009. Auto sales accelerated. Inflation was a historically low sub-2 percent.The U.S. economy proved it could thrive even as the Federal Reserve ended its bond buying program, which had been intended to aid growth by holding down long-term loan rates.All told, the United States remained insulated from the financial struggles surfacing everywhere from Europe and Latin America to China, Japan and Russia.So what explained the U.S. economy’s resilience this year?Economists say it largely reflected the delayed benefits of finally mending the damage from the worst downturn in nearly 80 years. Unlike past recoveries that enjoyed comparatively swift rebounds, this one proved agonizingly slow. It took 6½ years to regain all the jobs lost the recession — 8.7 million — far longer than during previous recoveries.
The top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 6 and 12 December 2018 were:Strike called off as Shelter employees accept 4% pay increaseThree-quarters of employees favour wellbeing investment over Christmas partyGrantley Hall launches employee engagement platformCancer Research UK tops list of best not-for-profit organisations to work forTwo-fifths of organisations have established a culture of wellbeing in 2018Average salaries for new jobs increase by 28.9% in the UKEXCLUSIVE: Kohler Mira hosts two-week mental health awareness eventMore than a third of parents take unpaid leave to care for sick childrenEXCLUSIVE: 54% are concerned about decision-making when accessing pension benefitsPoll: Christmas party tops the list of gifts from employers this year
Employee Benefits poll: Around half (52%) of Employee Benefits readers believe that offering a broad range of benefits is the best way to tailor reward for a multigenerational workforce.A straw poll of www.employeebenefits.co.uk readers, which received 71 responses, also found that 38% of readers think that providing flexible or agile working opportunities is the most effective way to tailor benefits for a multigenerational employee base, while 6% feel that a health and wellbeing focus is the best way to accommodate staff across different age ranges.Comparatively, 3% state that introducing a diversity and inclusion programme is the preferred method for tailoring benefits and reward, and 1% do not know how they would personalise benefits for this type of workforce.The Benefits and trends survey 2019, published by Aon in June 2019, found that 50% of 200 employer respondents do not think their benefits offering is meeting the needs of all the generations within their workforce; a further 89% feel they will need to change their reward package to suit future generations entering the workforce.Would your organisation offer life leave to boost employee work-life balance? Vote in our latest poll today…
With each puppy donated, another vet or disabled person receives the help they need.“It’s difficult having a child with special needs,” said Lourdes, “and every little thing that can make our lives easier and enhance it is unexplainable.”Blues for Vets was started by Cruz, a disabled war veteran herself, and it was all in name of her service dog, who was also named Blue.Cruz trained Blue’s eight puppies to serve other veterans, and the program has been pairing dogs with vets ever since.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – A local charity is helping spread the love to those who may need it most by pairing them with the perfect companions — dogs.Twenty-one-year-old Tommy was diagnosed with autism at age five. His mom, Lourdes de Dios said he has a hard time making friends, but now he has a new fluffy companion named Blue.“This little guy right here, he already has a name,” said Blues for Vets President Raquel Cruz. “His name is Blue.”Blue was donated by Petland of Pembroke Pines and Blues for Vets, a non-profit organization.Blue will be trained by Raul Ledesma to become a certified service dog. “Depending on the specific need for the individual, it depends on what type of dog we usually get,” said Ledesma. “In this purpose it will be an emotional support animal for Tommy.”Once a month, Petland of Pembroke Pines donates a puppy to the non-profit, and in return, Blues for Vets picks a veteran or a person with disabilities to receive it.Petland’s owner said he is happy to connect with Blues for Vets and hopes to donate more dogs in the future. “It was an immediate connection,” said Petland’s owner, Luis Marquez, “and we just hope to continue to grow with them, to continue to help more veterans as we expand. We’re looking to scale from one puppy a month to about three or four puppies a month.”
LAS VEGAS (WSVN)- If you’re 21 or older don’t hesitate to try your luck on the slot machines… in the airport.A California woman is $1.6 million richer after testing her luck on a Wheel of Fortune slot machine in McCarran International Airport.The woman, identified as Sandra A., said that she travels to Las Vegas twice a year to gamble.No word yet on what Sandra plans to do with her winnings.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
LAUDERDALE LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took six people to the hospital with respiratory issues after they became sick inside a Walmart in Lauderdale Lakes.Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene along Northwest 30th Street and State Road 7, Friday afternoon.Officials said the victims complained of itchy and watery eyes, along with sore throats.The store was temporarily evacuated while hazmat crews investigated the area.Officials believe cleaning chemicals may be to blame.The store has since reopened.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews airlifted a teenage girl to the hospital after, officials said, she was run over by a car in Kendall.Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the crash near Southwest 152nd Street just off the Florida Turnpike, Sunday morning.Officials said the 14-year-old victim was walking when she was struck.Paramedics airlifted her to Kendall Regional Medical Center in unknown condition.It remains unclear whether the driver fled or stayed at the scene.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
DANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – As Hurricane Dorian continues on it’s course toward Florida, crews in Dania Beach are taking precautions to ensure the lifeguard stands stay intact.7SkyForce HD flew over the shoreline near the pier on Saturday morning, where a crane could be seen preparing to lift a lifeguard stand.Crews could also be seen digging into the sand around the post’s foundation.Forklifts are also being used to relocate the lifeguard posts.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
It’s unclear at this time how long the tram will remain closed. The Whittier Police Department is investigating and interviewing witnesses from the most recent incident. Within an 8-week span two major accidents occurred on the tram prompting it’s closure. On June 8, an Anchorage man died after falling from the tram, and then on August 3, a man was critically injured after falling from the tram. Instructions for safe tram operation are posted at kiosks on both sides of the tram. Anyone intending to use the hand tram after the investigation is complete should review and follow the posted safety information. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Girdwood Hand Tram Hike is still closed as of Friday, Aug. 9; the city says it will stay closed until an investigation is finished and it’s determined if any safety improvements are needed and what they are.
In the magazine world, unfortunate celebrity deaths usually mean a newsstand score for publishers (re: Paul Newman). And with the sudden death of Michael Jackson last Thursday, music, entertainment, and newsweekly magazines have been scurrying to publish tribute issues.While some, like Vibe, have released statements on the King of Pop and his global impact (“Jackson was an absurdly talented, amazingly hardworking, troubled man. Which is to say he was built, literally, to be the biggest pop star this world has ever known,” said a statement from Vibe Media Group COO and editor-in-chief of Vibe and The Most!, Danyel Smith), others, like Time and Newsweek, have managed to get their publications out of the gate for today.Time’s commemorative Jackson issue is retailing for $5.99 and is published in addition to its weekly issue. The last time the magazine published a special edition in between weekly issues was in the days following 9/11, said a company release; this issue sold more than 3.25 million copies in the U.S. Newsweek published its July 13, 2009 issue early, available on newsstands now, featuring a cover image of Jackson as a child.Of course, not all commemorative issues are created equal. Periodical distribution tracker and editor of industry newsletter The New Single Copy, John Harrington, wrote in his June 29 newsletter that it’s “unlikely that single copy sales records” for Jackson’s People commemorative issue will come close to the likes of Barack Obama’s election edition (sold 575,000 newsstand copies, nearly five times a typical issue) and the death of Princess Diana (sold over 1.1 million copies domestically). However, while individual titles may see Jackson ranking below expectation, the bright spot for publishers is a “major increase in newsstand sales” setting records with total sales for the category, including People, Us Weekly, In Touch, Star, Life & Style and OK!, said Harrington.Due to a quick turnaround time and compelling cover images, Time and Newsweek could see big returns on their Jackson covers. It remains to be seen how upcoming Bauer publications Life & Style Weekly and In Touch, Entertainment Weekly, The National Inquirer, People, Rolling Stone and OK!—and the plethora of other magazines that publish Jackson commemorative issues—will fair.Click here to see FOLIO:’s roundup of tribute issues from around the world.
“If you’re going to have a magazine in 2012, there better be a point to it,” says Mike Albanese, publisher of SPIN. In what may seem like an obvious statement, Albanese manages to summarize the movement of the entire magazine industry. Print is often no longer substantial enough to act as a publication’s sole business; but it still holds a place in editorial strategy and audience fondness. SPIN, with a lowered print frequency, slashed rate base and realigned digital focus, is positioning its print product to be just that.The new SPIN, now published six times a year, has a larger trim size (up 9.5” x 12”) and varied textures in-book. The cover has a matte finish (similar to Conde’s WIRED cover treatment), but opening pages of the magazine are still glossy and bright. About a third of the way through the book, paper stock switches back to the rougher stuff the cover lives on. The revamp follows a mass changing-of-the-guards at the publication. Former editor-in-chief Doug Brod and publisher Malcolm Campbell left in June; Caryn Ganz joined as online editor-in-chief, Christopher R. Weingarten as senior editor and David Bevan as associate editor in October. Ganz is the first to hold this position with the magazine.Cutting print frequency and dropping rate bases (SPIN is down from 450,000 to 350,000) is often seen as a “trouble” flag in the industry. However, in this case, I applaud the magazine for thinking strategically and resizing its content portfolio. One might even view it as brave: downsizing print presence eliminates advertising opportunity, and risks alienating the Luddites of the SPIN audience. Such a shift is a gamble, even in the most sturdy media landscape.Music rags are suffering: according to the latest FAS FAX report from ABC, Rolling Stone single copy sales fell 18.2 percent from second half 2010 to second half 2011. Subscriptions remained basically flat, eking up three percent YOY in the last six months of ’11. SPIN’s single copy sales dropped 35.2 percent from the last half of 2010 to the same period in 2011; total subscriptions are down 1.2 percent. To reassess and reorganize may give these brands a second chance in the digital-first music scene, whereas plodding along in the same manner would lead to one end: closure. 2012 will tell whether the new SPIN (somewhere between a traditional magazine and coffee table book, according to Albanese) will be able to ride out the transition. On SPIN’s editorial strategy, Albanese says the print magazine will serve as a “broad” platform for content; a home for cultural fodder surrounding the music industry. SPIN’s website (and music player iPad app, and over 1,500 album reviews via Twitter) will still be devoted to its music mainstay.
In June, David Carey will mark his fifth anniversary as Hearst Magazines president, and a New Year’s Day tradition of his (begun over a decade ago when publisher of The New Yorker) is to look back and look ahead in a letter to colleagues.In his 2015 message, Carey acknowledged that Hearst Magazines did not escape the “roller coaster of a year” that 2014 was for the media business as the unit “experienced a mix of both growth and turbulence.”There’s more coming in 2015 though, including the launch of a new title. Carey didn’t provide details though, only saying the company is exploring options with several joint-venture partners at the moment.Perhaps the most notable “turbulance” was putting Seventeen under the auspices of Cosmopolitan, and how well the newly-formed Millennial Group fares under Cosmo publishing director, Donna Kalajian Lagani, and editor-in-chief, Joanna Coles, in 2015.The overall corporate growth led Carey to declare that the privately-held Hearst Magazines “posted the best performance in the industry” in 2014. Highlights included:The launches of Dr. Oz the Good Life and Trending NY in the U.S. stood out, as well as a number of international launches for Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire and Town & Country. Extensions in the U.S. and abroad will play a role going forward.Editorial innovations led by Good Housekeeping‘s redesign engineered by new editor-in-chief, Jane Francisco, and “crossover content” between Food Network and HGTV. Both magazines are Hearst Magazines partnerships with Scripps Networks.The 147-year-old Harper’s Bazaar and the 20-year-old Marie Claire “beat their own best [advertising] performances once again.”The company leaned on its B2B operations which grew rapidly through both organic growth and acquisition, helping to “counterbalance the volatility of the media businesses.” (Hearst Corp. president and CEO, Steven Swartz also highlighted Hearst Business Media’s performance in 2014 in his year-end letter to employees, calling it the company’s fastest growing division.)Digitally, monthly unique visitors to Hearst Magazine titles doubled in 2014 (excluding December) to 112 million, and social media followers increased 90 percent to 63 million “as audiences engage with us on every platform imaginable.”The Nick Matarazzo-led Jumpstart, the digital marketing company tied to both Car and Driver and Road & Track, “turned in a terrific performance, by far the best in its history.”Cosmo‘s “24/7 English-language newsroom” providing content worldwide was made possible by the time differences between the sources in the U.S., U.K. and Australia.O, The Oprah Magazine‘s “Circle of Friends” premium subscriber initiative, which is nearing 10,000 members at $199 per year in spite of starting “with minimal marketing” last fall. Two other Hearst Magazines (not named) will test premium initiatives in 2015.Plenty of work awaits Carey and Hearst Magazines management in 2015, but so, too, is the celebrating, with O turning 15; Elle, 30; and Car and Driver, 60.
Premiere: Ginger Root Releases “Ohio” Video premiere-ginger-root-one-man-band-charming-ohio-video Premiere: Ginger Root Is A One-Man Band In Charming “Ohio” Video Email News Ginger Root from Southern California is following the footsteps of Toro Y Moi’s atmospheric beats and Vulfpeck’s funky sounds. Watch the exclusive premiere of their latest video for “Ohio”Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Oct 25, 2018 – 9:23 am SoCal band Ginger Root led by singer/songwriter Cameron Lew is making atmospheric pop music that will have you pressing play over and over again for their infectious upbeat rhythms. The band’s latest video single “Ohio” is no exception.Lew’s soft vocals instantly put you at ease as an equally soft piano and guitars, drums and bass that he plays all by himself, come together. Wearing his signature black rimmed glasses and a helmet in the video, Lew is surrounded by ’70s neon-style lighting as a camera rotates around him playing all his instruments. The video was originally set to be shot outside in Huntington Beach, Calif., but due to strong winds that Lew says “never [happen] in Huntington Beach,” the set had to be taken indoors.Influenced by Toro Y Moi, the band’s latest music is reflective. Songs on Ginger Root’s most recent album, Mahjong Room, are about trying to figure out the future. Many of the songs were written during a time in which Lew, who has a film school education, was thinking of dropping out of college. But “Ohio” was actually about the moments after his time in school.”‘Ohio’ is about me debating whether to move far away from home after college,” Lew told the Recording Academy. “For a quick moment before graduating, I wondered what it would be like if I just up and left Southern California, left my friends, left my family. Not necessarily to Ohio, but somewhere totally different than where I’m from.” Facebook Twitter “Ohio” is representative of a kind of change that is just hard to imagine. “January’s cold/Where I’ll be when I move to my Ohio/But why is it so hard to believe?” Lew sings.A huge fan of GRAMMY winner Feist’s songwriting, Lew is practically a one-man band in Mahjong Room, the follow up to Ginger Roots debut EP Spotlight People. The rising frontman got his start in music when his parents gifted him a guitar for Christmas just so we would have “something to do.””After learning through the included DVD, I started to pick up other instruments,” he said. “It wasn’t until high school were I learned how to record what I was playing, where music became a huge part of my life.”Catch Ginger Root live on a U.S. tour with Houston trio Khruangbin:Nov. 27 – Minneapolis, MN @ First AveNov. 28 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic TheatreNov. 29 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music HallNov. 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union TransferDec. 1 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music HallToro Y Moi Nods To Fellow Creatives With Playful “Freelance”Read more