Muslim inmates suing Pierce County Jail

first_imgTACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Two Muslim inmates from the Pierce County Jail in Tacoma are suing, claiming they are banned from practicing their religion.The lawsuit was filed this week with the help of the ACLU and Public Interest Law Group in federal court in Tacoma.The News Tribune reports that inmates Raymond Wesley Garland and Larry Edward Tarrer say the jail prohibits Muslims from group prayer, bans certain religious clothing and refuses to accommodate their diet.A deputy prosecutor who represents the jail, Craig Adams, disputes the claims. He says the jail offers Muslims meals without pork and allows them to pray together and perform ritual cleansing.Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.comlast_img read more

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Kithuka NAIA cross country champion again Birru claims womens crown

first_imgObsie Birru had been building steadily toward a crowning achievement.Kennedy Kithuka just added to his dominating reign.Both claimed wire-to-wire victories at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics cross country national championships Saturday at Fort Vancouver National Site.Birru, a senior at Grand View University in Iowa, placed 18th at the NAIA cross country championships as a freshman in 2008. She was eighth as a sophomore, then finished third last year.“It was a good experience,” said the Ethiopian-born Birru, who was adopted at age 12 into a Des Moines, Iowa family. “It was definitely four years of a work in progress, and I finally got it today. It’s awesome. I’m excited.”Birru finished the 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) women’s course in 17 minutes, 15 seconds — nine seconds ahead of Azusa Pacific’s Lauren Jimison. Cascade Collegiate Conference champion Karlee Coffey of Eastern Oregon, last year’s runner-up, was 27 seconds behind Birru in third place.Kithuka, a sophomore at Wayland Baptist University in Texas, was in front of a small lead group of runners for the first half of the men’s 8-kilometer (5-mile) race.Just like last year.After two laps of the 2-kilometer course loop, Kithuka found another gear and left everyone far behind.Just like last year.“I started well,” said the Kenyan. “In the first 2K, I was just relaxing, then I saw guys hanging behind me, but I knew I was stronger and kept pushing. In the second loop, I went pushing up. I was feeling strong. That was my plan: In the first loop 2K, I see how they are and see the competition and just hang with them. When I look and see they are not there, then I kept going. The last lap I relaxed a little bit because I knew I was alone.”last_img read more

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For Vancouver Evergreen schools painless budgets

first_imgThe two largest school districts in Clark County, for the first time in years, were able to pass their annual budgets without painful cuts.The Vancouver and Evergreen school boards last week approved their districts’ financial plans for the coming school year during routine board meetings. Both budgets basically preserve last year’s numbers, without great cuts or additions.The finance directors of both districts described their duties this year as fairly easy, compared to the quarrels over layoffs and program cuts of past years. The most recent state budget was the first without payment cuts to schools in the last decade, said Vancouver Superintendent Steve Webb.VancouverVancouver Public Schools plans to spend $211.5 million this school year, just slightly more than it budgeted last year, according to district documents. The district expects to take in about $211.7 million.It will use about $250,000 to pay down debts from construction, bus purchases and other capital projects, which leaves the budget in a near-perfect balance. The district will not dip into its savings or cut any programs this year due to budget restraints.last_img read more

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Website blows whistle on alleged tissue scam

first_imgWord is spreading among west-side neighbors regarding what seems like a blatant scam involving … tissues.According to several neighborhood commentators on the site nextdoor.com, two young men claiming to conduct a door-to-door survey and sales pitch were asking if residents use Kleenex tissues. They told respondents that if they were allowed to come inside their homes, they would make $50 from their boss — who was watching from a white SUV nearby.“He never made any mention as to what he was selling, or what the mystery product was … but seemed really intent to come into our home,” wrote one Lincoln neighbor.That online comment, posted late Tuesday on the neighborhood site nextdoor.com, rapidly drew a slew of similar stories posted by people in the Fruit Valley, Carter Park and Northwest neighborhoods. Nobody managed to get the license number of the white SUV.“This may be legit, but came across as super-shady,” the Lincoln writer posted.A Fruit Valley writer described a similar experience: “I thought it was odd that the young man didn’t introduce himself, didn’t identify what company he was working for and wasn’t wearing any kind of ID,” wrote Kathy. Another poster said the white SUV was a Ford Expedition without license plates — but with a temporary trip permit effectively concealed under tinted glass. And others said Kirby vacuums were being sold — definitely by the same white SUV, but by a young woman who didn’t look well.Anna Cappa from the Northwest Neighborhood recommended asking anyone claiming to take a survey some basic questions of your own first, such as: What company is it? Where’s your business card? Will the results be published?last_img read more

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Seattle police arrest man with loaded crossbow

first_imgSEATTLE — A man carrying a loaded crossbow at a Seattle shopping center has been involuntarily committed for treatment of mental health issues.The Seattle Times reports that Seattle police officers confronted the man just before 5 p.m. Saturday at Westwood Village. They were able to persuade the 47-year-old man to put down the weapon and surrender.Police say he was verbally hostile and had to be placed in restraints. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center for an involuntary commitment.last_img read more

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ObamaEPA plan ambitious risky

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Obama administration today will roll out a plan to cut earth-warming pollution from power plants by 26 percent by 2020 and by 30 percent by 2030, setting in motion one of the most significant actions to address global warming in U.S. history.The rule, expected to be final next year, will set the first national limits on carbon dioxide, the chief gas linked to global warming from the nation’s power plants. They are the largest source of greenhouse gases in the U.S., accounting for about a third of the annual emissions that make the U.S. the second-largest contributor to global warming on the planet. The Environmental Protection Agency regulation is a centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s plans to reduce the pollution linked to global warming, a step that the administration hopes will get other countries to act when negotiations on a new international treaty resume next year. Despite concluding in 2009 that greenhouse gases endanger human health and welfare, a finding that triggered their regulation under the 1970 Clean Air Act, it has taken years for the administration to take on the nation’s fleet of power plants. In December 2010, the Obama administration announced a “modest pace” for setting greenhouse gas standards for power plants, establishing a May 2012 deadline. Obama put them on the fast track last summer when he announced his climate action plan and a renewed commitment to climate change after the issue went dormant during his re-election campaign.last_img read more

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Everest campuses in state may close

first_imgEverest College operates in Vancouver at 120 N.E. 136th Ave., Suite 130. The local branch, with about 300 students, has degree and/or certificate programs in the fields of accounting, administrative assisting, bookkeeping, business administration, medical assisting, medical billing and coding and paralegal. It was started in Vancouver in 1999 as a massage therapy program and continues to offer massage therapy. The school’s tuition ranges from about $15,000 to $40,000 a year with programs between eight months and two years.In the Portland metro area, the college has campuses in downtown and Tigard, Ore.SEATTLE — Federal and state agencies are investigating a California company that runs six for-profit colleges in Western Washington, among others nationwide.Corinthian Colleges Inc., which operates six Everest College campuses in the state, is facing allegations of preying on low-income students and falsifying job-placement rates, among other concerns, The Seattle Times reported Thursday. The publicly traded company, with about 72,000 students nationwide, is expected to close or sell the schools under an agreement being negotiated with the U.S. Department of Education, the Times reported.The company has denied any wrongdoing, and it says no school closures are imminent, the newspaper reported.About 3,000 students were enrolled in six Everest campuses in 2012, including in Seattle, Renton, Tacoma, Everett, Bremerton and Vancouver, according to federal data. The campuses offer classes for medical and dental assistants, massage therapists and pharmacy technicians. Corinthian is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as the Washington state Attorney General’s office.last_img read more

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Sheldon Adelson eying North Korean casino report

first_img RelatedPosts Osaka Governor planning to start operator recruitment process this year Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson could be looking to expand his casino empire into North Korea, if a report by Casino News Daily is to be believed.According to the US-based online news site, Adelson hinted at the possibility of doing business in North Korea during a speech at an event organized by non-profit organization Taglit-Birthright Israel in Jerusalem, which arranges free trips to young Jewish adults to “strengthen their identity”. Adelson and wife Miriam are among the organization’s biggest donors. Load More Las Vegas Sands abandons Osaka bid, redirects Japan IR plans to Tokyo and Yokohama The casino mogul reportedly stated that he hoped US President Donald Trump could help “North and South Korea finish the war” and that he wanted to return to North Korea to “open up business.” The comment apparently refers to the possibility of constructing a new integrated resort in the Asian nation.If accurate, Adelson’s comments could be related to the recent meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during which Kim is believed to have broached the possibility of the US investing in a new casino resort in the Wonsan Special Tourist Zone.As reported previously by Inside Asian Gaming, Kim is said to be eyeing the possibility of building the casino, described as an “international tourism complex” in order to boost tourism to the country, with the government anticipating it could raise revenue of up to US$50 million annually. Las Vegas Sands reaches new SG$4 billion loan agreements for Marina Bay Sands expansionlast_img read more

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Macau gaming tax slows through July but still soaring in 2018

first_img Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm The Macau government saw its direct gaming tax revenue rise 18.1% year-on-year through the first seven months of 2018 to MOP$65 billion, according to latest numbers released by the Financial Services Bureau.The increase includes a 9.6% increase in gaming tax revenue in July to MOP$11.21 billion, reflecting a recent slowdown in GGR growth in Macau. As reported previously by IAG, Macau’s gaming operators raked in revenue of MOP$25.33 billion in July, up 10.3% on the same month in 2017. Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Load More Gaming taxes between January and July represented 82.7% of all government revenue for the period with the public surplus now sitting at MOP$32.2 billion, up 31.0% over the same time last year and representing a whopping 464.8% of the government’s 2018 surplus budget. RelatedPostslast_img read more

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Half of staff attitudes would change if offered share plans

first_imgHalf (50%) of respondents say their attitude towards their employer would change if they were part of an employee share scheme, according to research by Equiniti Employee Services.Its survey of 1,189 employees also found that 72% of respondents aged 18-24 would change their attitude if there was a share scheme available at their workplace.The research also found:Of the respondents that say a workplace share scheme would change their attitude towards their employer, 46% believe it would increase their interest in the business, 30% say they would be more loyal, 26% would speak well of the organisation outside of work and 22% would be more productive.Of the 72% of 18-25 year old respondents who say their attitude would shift as a result of an employee share scheme, 25% would be more loyal and be prepared to work longer hours, while 58% would look for opportunities to grow the business.15% of respondents say a share option scheme would influence their decision to stay with their current employer or move jobs.Phil Ainsley (pictured), managing director of employee services at Equiniti, said: “Our research suggests that employees are increasingly looking for a long-term financial plan and a sense of involvement in the business.”Share schemes are currently under-utilised across all industry sectors but they can have a hugely positive effect on the way employees view their employers and how involved they are with the company and its future.“This can only be good for corporate growth and individuals alike.”last_img read more

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32 take part in company car schemes to drive a better car

first_imgAround a third (32%) of respondents cite the ability to drive a better car as their reason for taking part in a company car scheme, according to research by Maxxia. Its survey of 207 UK employees who are part of a salary sacrifice or traditional company car scheme or who receive a cash allowance, also found that 78% of respondents are unlikely to choose an ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV) within a company car scheme if the tax incentives were to be removed.The research also found:92% of respondents view company car schemes as a positive benefit.70% of respondents would consider opting out of their car scheme and taking a cash alternative if car tax levels were to rise further.22% of respondents take part in a company car scheme because they find it easier than running their own car, and 23% do so because of the tax advantages.32% of respondents who opt out of a company car scheme do so because they want the cash alternative, and 28% opt out in order to get a better choice of vehicle.3% of respondents would currently choose a ULEV.Gordon Calder-Jones (pictured), director at Maxxia, said: “Employee car and cash allowance schemes have been the target of changes to the tax rules by [HM Revenue and Customs] in recent months, so it was very illuminating to see how employees would react following the announcements made at the last Autumn Statement.“What was clearly apparent was how finely balanced the decision regarding being part of an employee car scheme and opting out was, following the changes. While an overwhelming majority of employees still see the car as an attractive benefit, any further tax increases are likely to tilt the balance dramatically.“It was also very evident that financial rather than environmental considerations were of the most importance for employees in making any kind of choice.”last_img read more

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Judge halts construction of 110 million water park in Fort Lauderdale

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A judge has halted the construction of a multi-million dollar water park in Fort Lauderdale.The deal to build the $110 million water park and athletic fields next to Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport is now in jeopardy after a deal between the City of Fort Lauderdale and the developer was ruled invalid.The judge citing the city failed to offer a required competitive bidding process for the other companies interested in the 64-acre property.The mayor responded with a statement which read, “It is a disappointing ruling for the city and, in particular, for the many families in our community who have been eagerly awaiting a world-class water park along with much-needed athletic fields for our youth sports and recreational programs.”The mayor also said they will evaluate all other options before deciding on their next course of action.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Sky Zone Doral hosts diabetes research fundraiser

first_imgDORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – People got pumped to jump for a good cause in Doral, Sunday.Sky Zone somersaulted into Diabetes Awareness month with the special event Bounce Away Diabetes. The trampoline park, located at 5450 NW 82nd Ave., invited people to skip on over to raise money for the Diabetes Research Institute.“Folks can come out and jump to find a cure, and so the longer people jump, the more we’ll donate to DRI to help them in their quest to find a cure,” said Sky Zone Miami owner Juan Brandt. Thank you to all who got #PumpedToJump & helped us raise money for a cure at 24 @skyzone locations! #DiabetesAwarenessMonth 💙 pic.twitter.com/cT6320EBxr— Diabetes Research (@Diabetes_DRI) November 5, 2017Brandt and his wife hosted the event after learning their 6-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. They hope the fundraiser will help her, as well as the millions of others living with the disease.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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United Way volunteers refurbish Wynwood halfway house for families

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Volunteers with United Way of Miami-Dade worked to bring about a total living transformation for families in Wynwood.Volunteers handed out supplies and helped refurbish the New Life Family Center, a halfway house for families in need. Spending the afternoon giving back with Tocqueville Society members and their families #giveback #makeadifference #StrongerMiami pic.twitter.com/b4IpLVdBnL— United Way Miami (@UnitedWayMiami) November 5, 2017“Today, we put together totes of supplies: diapers, house cleaning materials, toiletries,” said Remi Roberts with the United Way of Miami-Dade’s Tocqueville Society. “We did some artwork in the art room.”Children also participated in the efforts while also having the opportunity to enjoy fun-filled activities.“The kids are working on some art they are going to present,” said Roberts. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Driver stable after being impaled on Florida Turnpike in Davie

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took a man to the hospital after, officials said, he was impaled by road debris while driving on the Florida Turnpike in Davie, Saturday morning.Florida Highway Patrol troopers and Davie Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the crash along the northbound lanes, near Griffin Road.Officials said the driver was running over some debris when a piece of steel rebar measuring about one inch in diameter perforated the bottom of the vehicle, broke through the driver’s seat and pierced the victim.It took about an hour for crews to remove the victim from the vehicle. Broward Sheriff’s Technical Rescue also responded to provide assistance.Paramedics transported the driver to Broward Health Medical Center in stable condition. He is expected to make a full recovery.The victim’s vehicle was later removed from the scene.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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USCG offloads over 13M in illegal drugs at Miami Beach station

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – The U.S. Coast Guard has offloaded over 1,400 pounds of illegal drugs at their Miami Beach station.Crews brought back more than 900 pounds of cocaine and over 500 pounds of marijuana to their base, Friday.The drugs are worth an estimated $13.5 million.They were confiscated from the central Caribbean Sea, officials said.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Crews cap gas leak in Miramar

first_imgMIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews have capped a gas leak in Miramar that was broken by a large piece of heavy equipment.Miramar Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene at Southwest 66th Avenue and 20th Street, Tuesday afternoon.According to officials, a two-inch underground gas line was broken after large, heavy equipment fell on it.Crews worked with the gas company to cap the leak.Fire officials said a technical rescue team was also on the scene.No injuries were reported, and the gas company is now handling the scene of the leak, fire officials said.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Troopers Advise Alaskans To Stay Off Frozen River Lakes

first_imgThe advisory was issued by AST following an incident on Monday when Bethel Search and Rescue (BSAR) and AST responded to missing travelers near the Kuskokwim River after a pair of all-terrain vehicles crashed through thin ice Sunday night near Bethel. Three travelers survived and were treated for hypothermia, two were deceased. AST would like to remind everyone the rivers and lake are no longer safe to travel on with multiple open holes and weak ice everywhere. Travel conditions are no longer safe for any travel even for “experienced” travelers.  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享This time of year several bodies of water that were frozen over the winter months have now begun to thaw, which is why the Alaska State Troopers has issued a reminder to “stay off the ice” when near the water.center_img In an online Trooper dispatch, due to thin ice conditions and warm weather it is HIGHLY recommended ALL RIVER travel come to a STOP, as it is extremely hazardous for anyone. Although area lakes and rivers may be frozen in areas, local law enforcement urge people to stay off frozen water, which may be unstable.last_img read more

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Kenai Takes Next Step To Prohibit Onsite Consumption Of Marijuana

first_imgLocal governments have the option to prohibit endorsements for on-site consumption, the vote taken by the council did not include that provision within their ordinance. At their meeting on May 1, the council voted down an amended ordinance that would have allowed restricted onsite consumption of marijuana within city limits. According to City Attorney Scott Bloom further action will now need to be taken by the city to disallow onsite consumption within city limits entirely: “If this fails it doesn’t prohibit onsite consumption in the City of Kenai. We would need to bring back further legislation and that would either  be adopting code provisions that prohibit it, or doing a moratorium. A no vote  does not prohibit it at this time further action will need to be taken if that is the councils wish.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Kenai will introduce an ordinance that would prohibit onsite consumption of marijuana and marijuana products at retail stores requiring an onsite consumption endorsement.center_img If that ordinance had passed, a retail marijuana store could sell marijuana and marijuana products, excluding concentrates, to customers in a consumption area separated from the rest of the store. The ordinance to prohibit the use of marijuana in city limits will be referred to the Planning and Zoning Commission for consideration at their May 22 meeting, and then be brought back to council for a public hearing at the first meeting in June.last_img read more

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Magazines Continue Rolling Out Augmented RealityPowered Content

first_img“Augmented reality, in its simplest form, allows consumers to use their mobile devices to experience print products in a new and exciting way,” says Time Out North America digital business director Marci Weisler. “An image that was once static on a page now comes to life—one that allows readers to see and hear the content for themselves.”Last month, parent title Time Out New York worked with Metaio to utilize augmented reality, mobile and GPS technologies to create a guide to drinking establishments in New York City offering  special discounts, accessed over a user’s smartphone. The project was connected to the magazine’s “Summer Drinking Special” feature in the June 16 issue.At music magazine Revolver, Australian-based QMCODES developed AR technology that allows readers use their smartphones to scan aunique code on each special cover to unlock bonus videos, photos andinterviews. The special issue features seven different covers to mark the release of rock band Avenged Sevenfold’s new album, Revenge.The issue hits newsstands July 27, the same day the record is released.Among the other magazine publishers that have recently tapped AR technology include Bonnier’s Popular Science, Time Inc.’s InStyle, Hearst’s Esquire, and Future US’ Official Xbox Magazine and Playstation: The Official Magazine. The list of magazines tapping into the virtual world of augmented reality keeps growing larger. Time Out New York Kids and Revolver magazine have recently unveiled covers that feature the budding technology.At Time Out, the August issue of Time Out New York Kids allows readers to use their smartphones to access a video of the cover subject, the chorus from Public School 22 in Staten Island (of YouTube “fame,” covering songs by popular music artists like Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys and Rihanna). Readers first download the junaio app from AR browser and TONY Kids’ technology partner Metaio (available from the Apple App store or Android Marketplace). After holding their smartphone up to the cover, a video of the student chorus singing “One Day” by artist Matisyahu pops up on their screen. Here’s a video demonstration:last_img read more

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