Teen traffic fatalities increase during summer

first_imgTeens don’t get in more traffic accidents during the summer than other seasons, but when they do the crash is more likely to be deadly, according to data from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.AAA calls July 4 the worst day of the year for fatal car crashes involving teens, but Clark County teens escaped this year’s holiday without a fatality.That’s not to say the holiday week slipped by without incident in Southwest Washington.A 15-year-old Port Townsend girl lost control of her vehicle Thursday afternoon on southbound Interstate 5 near Kalama. The Subaru Legacy went off the roadway into a dirt embankment and rolled over, landing on its top. Although the teen walked away with a scratch on her hand, her passenger, a 52-year-old woman, was seriously injured and the car was totaled.The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day has been labeled the “100 Deadliest Days” for teens.“I think it’s just as simple a thing as, there are just more kids driving during the summer,” said Trooper Ryan Tanner, Washington State Patrol spokesman. “They’re not in school all day, so there’s more time for them to be driving.”Not wearing a seatbelt, drinking and driving, speeding and distracted driving can all contribute to traffic accidents and traffic fatalities, regardless of age.Even the time of day when teens drive can influence their likelihood of getting in a car accident. Typically, most collisions occur around 5 p.m., when people are getting off work, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.last_img read more

Travis Mandy Part 3 Paths to sobriety diverge

first_imgA three-part seriesSUNDAY: Winter. Drugs have a stranglehold on Travis and Mandy.MONDAY: Spring. Stuck in the cycle of recovery and relapse.TODAY: Summer. Ups, downs and a turning point.The Columbian visited with Travis and Mandy again, and updated their story in January 2014.BRUSH PRAIRIE — June 2013.Mandy Cooper took a hypodermic needle filled with methamphetamine, found a vein on her arm and injected it. Afterward, she went outside to compose herself with a smoke.Following Mandy’s homecoming from inpatient treatment, her addiction had returned.She was injecting again; her hard-fought recovery was in shambles.Hopelessness pervaded Mandy’s outlook on her protracted struggle with drug addiction, as well as the potential for reconciliation with her longtime boyfriend, Travis Trenda, 31.Together, the two had been trying to exorcise their personal demons. But as summer rolled around, they’d split, and Mandy, 21, was feeling helpless to the draw of the needle.In and out of recovery since returning from a 39-day drug binge in February, the couple had relapsed on methamphetamine toward the end of March.last_img read more

Clearing a way for Crestline school

first_imgCrestline Elementary SchoolUpcoming public eventso Open house at temporary Crestline Elementary When: 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28 Where: Hewlett-Packard/SEH America Building, 18110 S.E. 34th St.o Crestline ground-breaking When: 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3Where: Site of the original Crestline Elementary School, 13003 S.E. Seventh St.Crestline timelineo Feb. 3: Crestline Elementary School is destroyed by fire.o Remainder of 2012-13 school year: Crestline students, staff were divided by grade level at various Evergreen district elementary schools.o 2013-14 school year: Crestline Elementary will be housed for one year in the Hewlett-Packard/SEH America facility.o 2014-15 school year: The new Crestline Elementary will open at the site of the original school.The squeal of heavy equipment moving dirt at the Crestline Elementary School site on Friday morning was noisier than a pod of gleeful second-graders at recess.Three track hoes, two dozers, two drilling machines plus one loader and one roller prepared the site for the new Crestline Elementary School being built to replace the school that was destroyed by fire on Feb. 3. The fire displaced about 500 students plus 50 staff.Greg Scott, construction superintendent for Skanska USA Building Inc., stood watching the heavy equipment preparing the site for the new school.“Right now, we’re getting the pad ready to startpouring footings in the next week or so,” Scott said.He explained that the crew of eight will mushroom to about 20 workers in the next couple of weeks, with the addition of an electrician, plumber and a concrete crew.One red drilling machine at the front of the construction site was removing the casing for the old well, which is too close to where the new building will be built.Another drilling machine at the back of the site was digging the school’s new irrigation well. The existing fire water line and potable water line for the building can be used for the new building, Scott said.last_img read more

Icy storm shuts down North Texas

first_imgDALLAS — Freezing rain and stinging winds slammed the Southwest on Friday and made a strangely blank landscape out of normally sun-drenched North Texas: mostly empty highways covered in a sometimes impassable frost, closed schools and businesses, and millions of residents hunkered down for icy conditions expected to last through the weekend.Earlier this week, many in Texas were basking in spring-like temperatures that hit the 80s. By Thursday, Texas faced the same wintry blast that has slammed much of the U.S., bringing frigid temperatures, ice and snow.The weather forced the cancellation of Sunday’s Dallas Marathon, which was expected to draw 25,000 runners, some of whom had trained for months. A quarter of a million customers in North Texas were left without power, and many businesses told employees to stay home.Rob Yates, 44, of the Dallas suburb of Rowlett, had trained for four months to participate in the half-marathon Sunday — his first time competing at that distance. His wife and three children were going to attend the race to volunteer and cheer him on, he said.Now, “I’ll probably be catching up on some work,” Yates said, laughing.Yates spent Friday at home with his children, who were outside pulling off icicles and wishing more snow had fallen. But Yates, originally from near Manchester, England, said he stayed inside with his wife.last_img read more

Child rapist defeats 11year attempt to commit him

first_imgTacoma — For 11 years, Cory E. Roberts was housed at the state’s center for sexually violent predators and for 11 years he stalled efforts to have him committed there.Last month, he won the argument and on Monday was released into Tacoma after two experts decided he did not meet the criteria for being committed at the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island.“What stunned me about this particular defendant’s release was not only his horrific history, but his unwillingness to pursue treatment while at McNeil Island,” Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said.The 37-year-old’s convictions include sexually and physically assaulting a 3-year-old girl in 1990 when he was 13 and living in Benton County. Roberts had responded to a baby-sitting ad and was supposed to be caring for the toddler.The child suffered permanent brain damage and paralysis as well as blindness in one eye and loss of sight in the other, her mother, Kelly McGinnis, told KIRO-TV.last_img read more

Party leaders clash over Obama as election nears

first_imgWASHINGTON — Claiming new momentum 48 hours before polls open across America, Republicans on Sunday assailed President Barack Obama in a final weekend push to motivate voters as Democrats deployed their biggest stars to help preserve an endangered Senate majority.GOP officials from Alaska to Georgia seized on the president’s low approval ratings, which have overshadowed an election season in which roughly 60 percent of eligible voters are expected to stay home. “This is really the last chance for America to pass judgment on the Obama administration and on its policies,” the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, said in a message echoed by Republicans across the country on the weekend.The president has avoided the nation’s most competitive contests in recent weeks, but encouraged Democrats to reject Republican cynicism during a Sunday appearance with Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy.“Despite all the cynicism America is making progress,” Obama said, imploring Democrats to vote on Tuesday. “Don’t stay home. Don’t let somebody else choose your future for you.”last_img read more

Nebraska hospital Surgeon with Ebola has died

first_imgOMAHA, Neb. — A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone received aggressive treatment at a Nebraska hospital over the weekend but died Monday morning.Dr. Martin Salia’s death is a reminder of how deadly the Ebola virus is and how important it is to receive treatment early, said Dr. Jeff Gold, chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.“In the very advanced stages, even the modern techniques we have at our disposal are not enough to help these patients once they reach a critical threshold,” Gold said at a news conference.Salia, 44, was diagnosed with the virus Nov. 6. By the time he arrived at the Omaha hospital on Saturday, he was in extremely critical condition with no kidney function and severe respiratory problems.He was placed on kidney dialysis and a ventilator, and was given several medications to support his organ systems, the hospital said in a statement. He was given the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp on Saturday and received a plasma transfusion from an Ebola survivor — a treatment that is believed to provide antibodies to fight the virus.last_img read more

SKYCITY to complete Darwin casino sale this week

first_img Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited is set to complete the sale of SKYCITY Darwin this Thursday 4 April following the satisfaction of all conditions in its sale and purchase agreement with US buyer Delaware North.SKYCITY revealed on Friday that the sale, which will see Delaware North acquire 100% of shares in the Australian-based casino’s operating entity SKYCITY Darwin Pty Limited, is now unconditional, having also obtained all necessary approvals from the Northern Territory Government. RelatedPosts Load More Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August “We are pleased that the sale of SKYCITY Darwin is now unconditional,” said SKYCITY CEO Graeme Stephens.“The sale is consistent with our strategy to sell certain non-core assets and to allocate capital to assets and businesses which we feel are better aligned with our long-term strategic objectives.”Under the terms of the sale, SKYCITY will retain an adjacent site called Little Mindil for separate sale. The company also retains ongoing right to access the VIP and premium gaming facilities at the Darwin casino for its International Business customers for at least two years after completion of the sale.last_img read more

Government to introduce grandparents leave

Government to introduce grandparents leave

first_imgThe government is to introduce paid grandparental leave, Chancellor George Osborne (pictured) announced yesterday (4 October). At the Conservative Party Conference 2015, Osborne highlighted the importance of offering working grandparents paid leave to help take care of their grandchildren. In a tweet, he said: “Grandparents shouldn’t have to choose between helping with new grandchild and staying in work. So we’ll introduce grandparental leave.” This announcement follows the implementation of shared parental leave earlier this year, which entitles working parents to share up to 52 weeks of leave, after the birth or adoption of a child.last_img

Northern Trust introduces childcare advice benefit for London staff

Northern Trust introduces childcare advice benefit for London staff

first_imgGlobal financial services organisation Northern Trust has launched a new childcare support and advice benefit for its 1,600 London-based staff.The benefit, provided by Parental Choice, will offer assistance to employees with childcare responsibilities based at the organisation’s London office. This includes tailored childcare searches for all ages across all forms of childcare, such as nurseries, schools, childminders, and nannies, as well as payroll, pension, and employment law advice for staff that employ nannies. Parents and employees with childcare responsibilities will also be able to attend informative talks.The new benefit, which launched today (5 April 2017), will run alongside Northern Trust’s current family-friendly benefits offering. This includes maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave, flexible working policies, maternity and paternity coaching sessions, free back-up childcare sessions, and seminars on a variety of parenting topics. The organisation also supports the Happy to Talk Flexible campaign, run by work-life balance charity Working Families.Sarah Boddey (pictured), chief diversity and inclusion officer at Northern Trust Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, said: “We know that parents and those with childcare responsibilities face a particular challenge in trying to maintain a strong work-life balance and searching for a good nursery, school or other childcare options can feel an overwhelming task on an already long and never-ending to-do list.”Mark Lacey, head of human resources at Northern Trust Europe, Middle East and Africa, added: “We are constantly striving to attract, retain and advance a diverse workforce at Northern Trust so that we can better meet the needs of the clients and communities we serve. We want to ensure we are doing all we can at Northern Trust so that those caring for children have the support and tools they need to navigate their careers and childcare responsibilities successfully.”last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Learn how to tackle wellbeing globally at Employee Benefits Connect

EXCLUSIVE Learn how to tackle wellbeing globally at Employee Benefits Connect

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Charlotte Frost, benefits and wellbeing manager, HR at asset management organisation Schroders will speak about how reward and benefits professionals can engage a worldwide employee base using a global wellbeing strategy at Employee Benefits Connect 2019.The session, titled ‘Creating a workplace culture that fosters employee health and wellbeing’, will form part of the recognition and motivation conference stream on Wednesday 27 February 2019.Frost will discuss the key challenges in preparing and implementing a wellbeing strategy or campaign when the goal is to engage and appeal to employees from different cultures and locations.She said: “One of the biggest challenges that wellbeing programmes have is engaging with organisations globally around wellbeing, and the fact that some topics don’t lend themselves very easily to a consistent message. It can be due to cultural differences, including stigma [and] languages. It’s just being mindful that not everywhere uses the same terminology and positioning.”Frost will also share her own experiences of rolling out wellbeing initiatives in locations such as Asia, Canada, the UK and US, providing real-life examples of approaches that work, pitfalls to avoid and key learnings she has gleaned to date.“I’ve got some good stories to tell, and some real-life examples of what has worked, but [I will also be] honest about what hasn’t worked and how we’ve taken learning from that,” Frost said.For example, Frost plans to discuss a cancer awareness initiative she launched in Asia and the US where differing terminology was a factor. She will also talk about a wellbeing programme she was tasked to roll out in the UK which was created by a Canadian organisation, and why this proved difficult.“Despite having all the best efforts and doing something which is morally the correct thing to do, because [the organisation] didn’t take the time to engage locally and find out what would be suitable for different audiences, the take up or the engagement with the [campaign was] lower. It was a missed opportunity really,” she explained.Frost’s session will emphasise the importance of communications. “[HR professionals] only get one time to get it right,” she noted. “Communication is key, and [organisations should] take the time to get it right up front.”Employee Benefits Connect 2019 will take place on Wednesday 27 February 2019 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London.Click here for more information or to book your place.last_img read more

Police gather new clue in search for cell phone robber

Police gather new clue in search for cell phone robber

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police have a new clue in a robbery, last Wednesday, thanks to surveillance video.A camera captured a robber who, police said, stole cell phones.The robber was walking on a sidewalk near West Flagler Street and 19th Avenue in Miami as he approached a man at gunpoint. The man’s phone was stolen shortly afterwards, officials said.After the alleged robbery, the crook ran to a nearby getaway vehicle, which police are saying is a white Toyota Corolla.If you have any information on this robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Car catches fire along I95

Car catches fire along I95

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene of a car engulfed in flames along Interstate 95, Monday morning.According to officials, the car caught fire in the southbound lanes of I-95, near the Golden Glades Interchange.The car was unoccupied when fire rescue arrived on the scene.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

MiamiDade PD volunteers repair foster moms home

MiamiDade PD volunteers repair foster moms home

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A woman who has taken more than 40 foster children into her Northwest Miami-Dade home had some help repairing it, Saturday.Volunteers and local businesses joined in with the Miami-Dade Police Department to paint, landscape and make repairs to 70-year-old Rosaline Jones’s home as part of the department’s third Home Beautification Project.Jones has taken in more than 40 foster children since 1995 and adopted three children in 2013.Miami-Dade PD Major Ricky Carter said it’s all about giving back to the community they serve.“She is so happy,” Carter said. “She is so touched. She feels blessed, but actually, the blessing is ours because we get to come out here and help because it’s really important for the Miami-Dade Police Department to improve the public perception of law enforcement, and we do these types of projects all the time.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Domestic violence charge against former UM football player dropped

Domestic violence charge against former UM football player dropped

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – WEST MIAMI (WSVN) — Former University of Miami football player Michael Wyche has been cleared of a domestic violence charge.Police arrested Wyche in October 2015 after he was accused of getting physical with his girlfriend in their home.Records with the clerk of courts show the charge has been dropped.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Police arrest Davie man pumping gas with stolen credit cards

Police arrest Davie man pumping gas with stolen credit cards

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A man accused of stealing gasoline has been arrested after he used multiple stolen credit cards to fill up a storage tank in Davie.Miguel Guerrero was arrested Tuesday after he was caught pumping gas with several stolen credit cards at a Tom Thumb gas station in West Davie.Police said they were watching out for unusual behavior at the gas station, and when they saw that Guerrero was taking an unusually long time at the pump.The subject, police said, used the stolen cards to fill diesel fuel into a storage tank that was inside the truck.This isn’t the first time he’s done this, police said. According to officials, he made a transaction totaling $600 Tuesday, as well as last Thursday.He now faces multiple counts of fraud and unlawful conveyance of fuel.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Chase scene for 3rd Bad Boys shoots in downtown Miami

Chase scene for 3rd Bad Boys shoots in downtown Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Local filming for “Bad Boys for Life” got underway in downtown Miami with a chase sequence.Cellphone video captured the kinetic action, Saturday, showing a car driving in reverse as police cars and motorcycles went after it.“Bad Boys for Life” is the third entry in the popular franchise starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. It is scheduled for release Jan. 17, 2020.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Southeast Fisherman Forfeits Boat Net After Convictions

Southeast Fisherman Forfeits Boat Net After Convictions

first_imgDemmert had pleaded guilty to fishing in closed waters, unlawful possession of fish and entering false information on a fish ticket. Dall Island is west of Prince of Wales Island. Curtis Demmert of Klawock (klah-WAHK) at sentencing also was ordered to forfeit $17,700 in illegally caught fish. Demmert was charged on Aug. 25. Alaska State Troopers say he used a 58-foot (18-meter) seine vessel, Tlingit Lady, to harvest 23,000 pounds of chum salmon in a closed area near the headwaters of a bay on Dall Island.center_img Demmert sold the fish to a fish buyer. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A 31-year-old southeast Alaska man convicted of violating commercial fishing laws will forfeit a fishing boat, seine net and skiff to the state and pay a fine of nearly $33,000.last_img

Homer Man Cited For Wanton Waste Of Big Game

Homer Man Cited For Wanton Waste Of Big Game

first_imgTroopers seized Walkers ATV and rifle during the investigation. A mandatory court date was set for November 6 in the Homer District Court, according to online court documents. The investigation by Troopers revealed Walker shot a sub legal bull moose in the Caribou Hills area near Homer on September 14. Walker failed to salvage any of the meat from the moose, and all the meat spoiled in the field. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Homer man was cited for wanton waste of a big game animal, and taking a sub legal bull moose, on November 2.center_img Anchor Point Wildlife Troopers cited Russell Walker, 55, of Homer for one count of wanton waste of a big game animal, and one count of taking a sub legal bull moose in GMU15C.last_img