Family and friends of a Vancouver couple missing since Sunday are asking for help locating John and Patricia Norvell.The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has taken a report but a spokesman said Friday there’s “nothing to indicate foul play.”Sgt. Scott Schanaker said the Major Crimes Unit handles missing persons reports.“They’ll start looking at it and see if there’s anything to follow up on,” Schanaker said.John and Patricia Norvell, both 63, were last seen at about 6 p.m. Sunday.The couple could be driving a bluish-green 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Washington license plates 439UDS. No additional information has been released.A public Facebook page dubbed “Findjohnandpat Norvell” had more than 200 “friends” as of this afternoon.
When a for-profit business that travels the nation buying coins, precious metals and paper currency made a stop in Vancouver this week, Ed and Mary Ann Statler decided to check it out.“There were old coins that we had been carrying around for years,” said Mary Ann Statler, 67. “I went on the Internet to see what they were worth.” Then she and Ed, 70, headed to the International Coin Collectors Association event, where the Battle Ground couple sold several historic coins and some silver.Despite concerns posted online about the coin-collecting business and its parent, THR & Associates, Mary Anne Statler said she felt she got a good deal on the trades — selling old pennies for two cents that have a resale value of three cents, for example.Online criticisms primarily focus on THR & Associates’ approach to valuing goods, which is done without the use of an appraiser, and on the fact that the company does not allow sellers to reclaim merchandise, which is often required of pawn shops and other physical stores.
The nonprofit owner of Clark County’s only inpatient hospice care center plans to challenge an application by nonprofit Community Home Health & Hospice to build a second hospice facility in the county.Executives with Vancouver’s PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center contend the county’s population wouldn’t support a second hospice center. The hospital’s Ray Hickey Hospice House has been under capacity since its debut in 2004, according to PeaceHealth statistics.That’s a concern because hospice centers rely heavily on donations and Medicare reimbursements to stay in operation, said some local gerontology experts. “It’s competition in a world where money is already tight,” said Gail Haskett, a Vancouver gerontologist and member of the State Council on Aging. “We have no idea if Medicare is going to continue to fund hospice in the way it has.”Longview-based Community Home Health & Hospice executives maintain that the county offers enough patients for two centers. CEO Greg Pang pointed out that the county’s 70-plus population is expected to double by 2030, according to the state Office of Financial Management. The demand for services such as hospice and long-term care are expected to grown in tandem, Pang said.“I don’t think this is a zero-sum game where one loses and other wins,” Pang said. “I think both hospice centers are vital.”
Pipes, bongs, scales and other “tobacco use only” products in local convenience stores may soon be put out of children’s reach, and sight.Vancouver and Clark County are considering a new law that would require the various accoutrements of getting high to be located in a portion of the store restricted to those 18 and up.“The unfortunate perception that could be left with the youth of the community is that the use and sale of these paraphernalia … condones use of the drugs themselves,” City Attorney Ted Gathe told Vancouver City Council in a workshop Monday afternoon.A survey by anti-drug group PREVENT! Coalition found that 16 percent of nonchain convenience stores in Clark County carry drug paraphernalia, often at the front counter.But while most agree that removing bongs from the eye-level of 8-year-olds is a good idea, Vancouver Police Chief Cliff Cook also warned the city council that enforcing any new laws will be a burden on his department, which already struggles to keep up its service levels.
Fed up with signs for their local precinct committee officer races being stolen, the members of the PCO Liberty Alliance took matters into their own hands this week, catching a suspected thief in the act.The Republican PCO races have been particularly contentious this year, with the formation of the PCO Liberty Alliance, made up of mostly Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich supporters. PCOs choose county party officers, along with other grass-roots duties.Check out David Hedrick’s video at the bottom of this story.The “Don’t tread on me” folks got tired of candidate Lynda Wilson’s signs going missing, so they set up a game camera pointed directly at a sign they posted on Northeast 164th Avenue. It didn’t take long before they got something.Former congressional candidate David Hedrick decided to check the trap at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, and caught a man snagging the sign on his bike as he rode by. The footage, as well as what happens next, was chronicled in a YouTube video Hedrick posted later in the day.Hedrick chases the thief down in his car and, while still filming, calls out the window: “What’s wrong with Lynda Wilson as a PCO? Maybe she’s too conservative? Maybe the establishment doesn’t like her?”
A pilot program that aims to save developers money was approved Tuesday by Clark County commissioners, even after they heard from engineers who said they would not recommend it to developers.Under the developer certification program, developers could opt out of having county staff conduct a final engineering review.That would save, for example, $4,845 for a 20-lot subdivision.However, liability would be put on the developer’s engineers.Jerry Olson of Olson Engineering said the program may leave solo practitioners or small companies unable to bid for projects as they often can’t afford $1 million in general liability insurance and $1 million in errors and admissions insurance that will be required. The county required the insurance so taxpayers won’t be on the hook for shoddy work.Olson also said he relies on the county’s final engineering review, which happens before construction starts, because private engineers aren’t as well-versed in the details of state and county codes.Thomas Dennis and Greg Jellison of HDJ Design Group shared Olson’s concerns.Jellison, who serves on the county’s Development and Engineering Advisory Board — which opposed the program — said there have been a lot of improvements at the county regarding the review process. He said county engineers have done much better at only making changes to plans to comply with codes, and not suggesting changes based on personal preference.Commissioner Steve Stuart emphasized the program, which was initiated by commissioners, was optional.Stuart asked Jellison what he would do if a developer wanted to use the pilot certification program.“We’d probably have a long discussion,” Jellison said. He said he would not recommend it.The county won’t have an approved list of engineers; any engineer licensed in the state of Washington who carries the appropriate insurance can participate. Eligible projects include short plats, subdivisions and site plans. The county would still do a construction inspection and make sure everything was in order before issuing a final occupancy permit.
Faced with a proposed increase of 5 percent each on water and surface-water rates in 2013 and 2014 — as well as smaller increases of sewer and solid waste rates — a few Vancouver City councilors got cold feet Monday night during a workshop on the city manager’s recommended two-year budget.The council had instructed the public works staff to move to a pay-as-you-go system for maintenance, as opposed to incurring debt by taking out loans or bonds.The increases would boost the monthly water/sewer/surface water bill for a typical single-family residence from the current $58.43 to $60.52 in 2013 and $62.68 in 2014, or a total monthly difference from 2012 to 2014 of $4.25.The monthly solid waste rates would increase in 2013 by 38 cents for a residential customer who has garbage, recycling and yard debris service.After seeing the policy in black-and-white, Councilors Jeanne Harris, Jeanne Stewart and Bill Turlay expressed concerns.“I really can’t tell you where I’m at on this budget right now,” said Harris, who added she has always been wary of pay-as-you-go.Turlay, who successfully campaigned against debt last year, and complimented the pay-as-you-go system the day he was sworn into office, said Monday, “I wish I had simple answers but I don’t. There are no simple answers.” He said he doesn’t want the city to take on additional debt, but understands why it might have to be an option.
Melinda and Scott Van Hoomissen play Big Buck HD at Jake’s Bar and Grill on October 26. Melinda Van Hoomissen isn’t content with her second-place finish in the Ladies Tournament of the Big Buck Hunter World Championships in New York City.Instead, she said she has two-time winner Sara Erlandson in her sights — and she’ll be training hard to take her down next year and bring the grand prize home to Vancouver.“Sara owns a bar, and she was playing a lot on her own machine, but I’m not making excuses,” Van Hoomissen said. “We have a rivalry going now. I’m going to do better next year.”The video game, played in bars, on consoles and even smartphones throughout the world, is a fast-paced shooter where players compete to have the cleanest, quickest kills of virtual animals. Play Mechanix, which makes Big Buck Hunter, has about 40,000 machines networked together in bars around the country.Van Hoomissen netted a $1,500 prize with the second-place finish in the championship, held Nov. 9-11. She finished 21st in the main tournament, which includes both genders.
Christina Iremonger, principal of Vancouver’s iTech Preparatory, shares success stories Friday at a national conference. PORTLAND — Three years ago, Vancouver Public Schools studied models of science-oriented schools. This year, the district’s new STEM school is the model.Just a year after opening iTech Preparatory in fall 2012, the school has been contacted by districts all over the country, said Christina Iremonger, principal.On Friday, the school’s teachers and administrators shared their success story at the National Science Teachers Conference in Portland. Thousands of science teachers from around the country gathered to learn the latest in science education.The iTech Preparatory team focused on how it has built relationships with engineers, architects and other science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals and has invited them into the classroom.“Getting partners into the classroom gives kids an authentic learning experience,” said Leslie Simpson, who is charged with reaching out to STEM professionals. “The partners connect school to real life.”Professionals from Boeing, Hewlett-Packard, Waste Management and the Mount St. Helens Institute have taught at iTech Preparatory. Engineers from Clark Public Utilities taught students about solar power and wind energy. A student’s father, who is a team leader at Hewlett-Packard, spoke to the students about creativity and the brain. Another parent, a Boeing engineer, trained the iTech Prep teachers.
PORTLAND — Police have moved a protester attached to a barrel full of concrete off of a railroad track at a Portland oil terminal and arrested her.Officers used an electric saw and a hammer to free the woman Monday. Her arm was locked to rebar inside the concrete.She was identified as 22-year-old Irene Marjorie Milsom of Portland, a member of Portland Rising Tide.The group said its point is that while shipments of oil occasionally explode in derailments, the burning of fossil fuels and the resulting change in the climate “causes far greater harm to communities.”Police said Milsom would be charged with misdemeanors: trespassing, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.A spokesman, Sgt. Pete Simpson, told The Oregonian that she was on a side track and didn’t block any rail cars.
The company also announced its intention to dispose of certain segments of its online card and board games business, including Ourgame Hall and Poker World, and has entered into agreements to reorganize and dispose of some core components.As a result, Ourgame has written down all of the carrying values of the assets relating to these businesses as at 30 June 2018, which will result in one-time impairment losses of between approximately RMB350 million and RMB380 million, representing between 19% and 21% of the group’s total assets.Despite the continued setbacks, Ourgame said that its other business units – namely eSports and poker – have exhibited strong growth in the first half of 2018.“The group’s eSports subsidiary, Allied eSports, officially opened its global flagship arena at the MGM Luxor Casino and Hotel in March 2018 in Las Vegas and its first major eSports event at the Las Vegas Arena with the leading eSports live-streaming provider in the US resulted in record breaking viewership of 680,000 peak concurrent viewers and more than 2.5 million unique viewers,” Ourgame said. “Allied eSports has attracted major partners and sponsors that are eager to reach the young eSports audience.“The group’s World Poker Tour business continues to expand into new geographies and its TV programs continue to reach a growing TV audience of more than 140 million households worldwide as of July 2018. Its brand power continues to fuel the growth of its licensing business, with partners including Zynga and its improved operation continuing to reflect positively on its financials.” Load More Landing International, Imperial Pacific issue profit warnings ahead of expected 1H19 losses Chinese online poker and board game company Ourgame International Holdings Ltd has issued a profit warning for the six months to 30 June 2018 ahead of expanded losses over the same period in 2017.In a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Ourgame said the group will record a loss that is “significantly higher” than the RMB74 million (US$10.7 million) it lost in 1H17 as a result of increased competition and regulatory headwinds in the Chinese domestic card and board game business. Caesars slips back into loss in 2Q19 but US properties showing growth ahead of Eldorado merger RelatedPosts Chinese court seizes bank accounts of online card game developer Boyaa
Load More RelatedPosts Singapore Betting Taxes fall 0.9% to SG$2.7 billion in FY2018/19 Discussing its progress in pursuit of one of three IR licenses to be issued by the Japanese government in late 2019, Genting Singapore said, “We continue to work steadily towards the expected bidding process for IRs in the second half of 2019 following the establishment of the basic policy for developing IRs.“Specific cities have shown interest in having an IR and we have responded to their requests for information, views and comments. Concurrently, we have also engaged in discussions with stakeholders to understand the environment and the localities where such cities are involved.”Genting Singapore is expected to target one of the two IR licenses to be issued to major metropolitan areas, having earlier this year incorporated five new wholly-owned subsidiaries in Japan, specifically: Genting Japan Co Ltd, Genting Tokyo Co Ltd, Genting Osaka Co Ltd, Genting Yokohama Co Ltd and Resorts World Yokohama Co Ltd.In the meantime, the company continues to enhance the attractions at its flagship property Resorts World Sentosa where a 9% increase in non-gaming revenue to SG192.8 million in 3Q18 offset a 1% decline in casino revenue to SG$445.4 million. Adjusted EBITDA held steady at SG$318.8 million although profit after tax increased by 25% to SG$210.4 million.Revenue for the first nine months of the year combined is up 3% to SG$1.87 billion.“The attractions business of Resorts World Sentosa achieved strong results [in3Q18], especially Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium and Adventure Cove Waterpark,” Genting Singapore said in its earnings announcement. “During the quarter, we attained an average daily visitorship of over 22,000 and an increase in average visitor spend across all offerings.“Our hotel business continued to outperform the industry with an average occupancy rate of over 97%. Our mass gaming business delivered stable performance. Our VIP rolling volume continued to grow and we remain prudent in our credit extension.“With rising global uncertainties and intensifying competition within the region, we will look to sharpen our marketing focus on the regional premium mass customers by refreshing our facilities and products to enhance their gaming experience. Meanwhile, we will continue to pursue VIP rolling volume with measured credit risk appetite.” Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Genting Singapore says it has already supplied RFI details to specific Japanese cities in the running to host an IR but is yet to determine which of these cities it will target.The update formed part of the company’s 3Q18 results announcement, with revenue for the three months to 30 September 2018 up 1% to SG$639.1 million on the back of non-gaming growth. South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August
More than one-fifth (22%) of employee respondents believe that workplace support such as employee assistance programmes (EAPs) and access to counselling would make them feel more comfortable taking time off when they are physically or mentally unwell, according to research by Canada Life Group Insurance.Its survey of 1,004 full-time and part-time employees also found that 18% of respondents have gone into work when they are feeling mentally unwell.The research also found:19% of respondents would be more likely to go into work when feeling mentally unwell than they would if they were feeling physically unwell.One-fifth (20%) of respondents would take time off work for a stress-related illness.12% of respondents believe that their manager and colleagues’ understanding of mental health issues is poorer than their understanding of physical health problems.More than one-third (37%) of respondents believe that flexible-working options would make them feel more comfortable taking time off work when unwell, and 18% feel back-to-work rehabilitation support for long-term health conditions would help.34% of respondents believe a more positive attitude to health and wellbeing in the workplace would make them feel more comfortable taking time off work when they are experiencing mental or physical ill-health, and 26% believe less pressure to be always on would help.20% of respondents would be embarrassed to say that they have been off work because of a mental ill-health issue, 13% fear that it could affect their career prospects, and 12% worry that their boss or colleagues would no longer take them seriously.Paul Avis (pictured), marketing director at Canada Life Group Insurance, said: “Old stigmas still persist when it comes to mental health in the workplace. People suffering from mental health issues should be focusing on getting better rather than struggling into the office. You would not come into work if you were too physically unwell to do so, would you?“Too many employees do come in when unwell [because] they are worried about how having a mental illness will affect their job prospects or relationship with their colleagues. Employers must do more to show they are serious about supporting employees with mental health and stress-related issues. It is important to communicate not only that it’s okay for them to take time off to get better, but also that there won’t be any negative impact on their career for doing so.“Organisations should embrace professional, quality support as many are unaware of what can be done and what support is available from insurers.”
HIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – A suspicious package was reportedly found at Amelia Earhart Park, Tuesday morning.Later that afternoon it was found to be safe.Police and bomb squad officers responded to the park, located at East 65th Street near LeJeune Road.Officials cleared the area and diverted traffic while they investigated, but nothing dangerous was found.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Florida Highway Patrol troopers remain on the scene, Tuesday, of a truck that rolled over on the Turnpike in Hollywood.According to the FHP, at around 10 a.m., a truck hauling a trailer full of bags of mulch rolled over on the southbound lanes of the Turnpike, south of Hollywood Boulevard.Three people who were inside the truck were transported to a nearby hospital.Their conditions are unknown.Only one left lane remains open as the cleanup process continues, but officials said they expect to re-open all lanes before 1 p.m.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.