NEW YORK — Angela Malerba, who works in public relations in Boston, carries a debit card because she likes to know when she buys something that she has enough in her account to pay for it. But paying $5 a month to use her own money? That’s too much.So when Bank of America starts charging the fee next year, Malerba figures she’ll rely more heavily on her credit card. Or, in a strategy that seems almost quaint in these swipe-and-go times, she may just carry more cash.“Paying $60 a year in debit card fees just seems absurd,” she says.The 38.7 million people who carry Bank of America debit cards will face a similar decision in the latest example of banks raising fees or establishing new ones — not just for debit cards but for visiting ATMs or talking to a teller.Bank of America’s announcement follows tests by Wells Fargo and Chase for $3 monthly fees for debit cards in some markets. Other banks have begun charging for basic checking. Banks have sharply restricted their rewards programs for debit cards.Bank of America said the fee will apply only when customers use their debit cards for purchases in a certain month. The fee will not apply if the card is used only to access ATMs. It will not apply for premium customers, who keep high balances.
In a time when local governments are cutting jobs amid budget austerity, the Port of Vancouver chugs full-speed ahead in the opposite direction.Its brand of economic stimulus? The West Vancouver Freight Access project, a $150 million, 27-mile expansion of rail tracks that will speed cargo and handle more of it.It’s 40 percent complete, and the port’s ramping up for the finish line.Just in the last several weeks, the port has signed two multi-million-dollar construction and engineering contracts to prod the freight rail project forward.“We’re in delivery mode now,” said Curtis Shuck, the port’s director of economic development and facilities.The port expects to create 1,000 permanent jobs in the next five to 10 years as it increases its rail capacity, helps existing companies expand their operations, and builds out Terminal 5 — where Australian mining giant BHP Billiton plans to construct a potash export facility.Port officials forecast that the freight rail project, to be completed by 2017, will create about 4,000 construction jobs over its lifespan.“If you’re in this kind of construction business, this is great news,” said Scott Bailey, regional labor economist for the state Employment Security Department. “We have a documented shortfall in infrastructure spending in this country — a backlog of $1.8 trillion.”Bailey added of the freight rail initiative — the largest capital project in the port’s 100-year history: “This is the public side of investment that is necessary for private investment to happen.”Projects move aheadPublic sector employers in Clark County, including local governments and school districts, have shed 500 jobs in the past 12 months.
We all know that being a police officer is a dangerous job, especially when they’re kicking in a drug dealer’s door or following a tracking dog into the brush after an armed suspect.But the job looks even riskier when you look at officers’ fitness and health.Depending on which study you cite, police officers in the U.S. tend to die six to 15 years before folks in the general population, says Dr. Kerry Kuehl, a researcher with Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.“Some studies show law enforcement officers live an average of 18 months after retirement,” said Kuehl, a well-known sports medicine physician and speaker with advanced degrees in nutrition and exercise physiology.Kuehl wants to stop that. He is leading a $3 million, four-year study that now includes about 130 Clark County sheriff’s deputies and 80 Vancouver police officers who volunteered to participate.The idea of the study is to find ways to improve officers’ immediate and long-term health and fitness using teams, as with the military slogan of “I’ll watch your back.”
Ongoing repairs to the Interstate 5 Bridge will close the southbound span briefly Sunday morning, before at least one more all-night closure diverts traffic later in the week.Crews are working to fix two of the rollers that help guide the span’s massive counterweights up and down during a bridge lift, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation. The problem — the two rollers were coming loose from their track — first surfaced during an inspection last month.ODOT closed the bridge overnight last week to begin the process of replacing them, but workers weren’t able to get all the old parts removed in time. That’s partly because the closure started on a Thursday night, and crews were up against a Friday-morning rush hour the next day, said ODOT spokeswoman Kimberly Dinwiddie.“The priority for that day was just to get the bridge open on time,” Dinwiddie said.This Sunday’s southbound closure will last from about 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., according to ODOT. Planners picked that day because traffic is expected to be light on the Easter holiday morning, Dinwiddie said. The date for next week’s all-night closure has not been set yet, Dinwiddie said. ODOT hopes that’s enough to finish the $50,000 job and install the new rollers, she said, even if it’s taken a bit longer than expected.“You’re just working with an old bridge,” Dinwiddie said. “Things don’t always go as planned.”The northbound side of the I-5 Bridge was built in 1917. The southbound side opened in 1958. Workers replaced all of the bridge’s eight counterweight rollers in 2000, Dinwiddie said, but none since — until now. The rollers generally last about 10 years, she said.
An overturned lumber truck slowed southbound traffic on the Glenn Jackson Bridge Friday afternoon.The crash was reported just after 1 p.m. on the ramp from state Highway 14 to Interstate 205 south, according to emergency dispatch logs.The truck rolled into the gore point, said Trooper Will Finn, spokesman for the Washington State Patrol.The left lane of the ramp was closed while crews cleaned up lumber and the right lane of I-205 south was temporarily closed while emergency crews responded, Finn said.The driver had minor injuries, Finn said.
Lawmakers rack up hefty cellphone billsOLYMPIA — A few days after Washington lawmakers approved a budget deal to lower state spending last year, small-government Rep. Gary Alexander got $40.60 worth of dry cleaning done.Then he made sure taxpayers paid the bill.Alexander, the Republican budget writer in the state House, billed more than $500 worth of dry-cleaning fees to the state over the past two years, according to an Associated Press analysis of thousands of expense reimbursements. He wasn’t alone: Seven Democrats and 12 Republicans in the Legislature requested and received compensation totaling more than $5,600 for dry cleaning since the start of 2011. Lawmakers are able to get taxpayer-covered compensation for what the Legislature deems legitimate business expenses tied to the job. That includes common costs of being a lawmaker, such as travel around the district to meet with constituents, parking fees for meetings, office supplies and rent for district offices.You can read the original story in its entirety and follow previous comments here.
Rules of Shanghai RummyFAIRWAY VILLAGE — Kathy Ruble leaned back in her chair and smiled slyly at her three competitors, sliding the winnings from a round of Shanghai in her small, sock-shaped purse.“I’m going to take everybody to lunch with this,” the 65-year-old joked, sealing her grand prize of a dime inside.About 20 women, ranging in age from about 60 to 90, laughed and gently ribbed each other as they squared off — four to a table — at the Fairway Village Clubhouse on a rainy Tuesday afternoon. Many have been playing in the community’s weekly game of Shanghai, a Rummy card game, for more than two decades.And the ante, 35 cents each for a seven-round game, hasn’t changed in at least that long, said Elizabeth McCoy, 75.“It’s high stakes,” she said with a laugh.The winner of each round, in which players try to get combinations of runs or three-of-a-kinds, gets 10 cents. At the end of seven rounds, the person with the lowest total score (which is the best score, like golf) for all rounds takes the remaining 70 cents in the pot.But as you might be able to tell, the money’s not really the point.“It’s fun and you can chat,” McCoy said. “It’s not serious, like bridge.”Women in the game, who all live in the 55-and-older community of Fairway Village, come from a variety of different backgrounds. Ruble worked for Regents Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Oregon before retiring. Pat Dial, 77, was a flight attendant with United Airlines. McCoy worked in newspaper display advertising. And Maggie Burnham, 81, ran an international transportation company.Ruble is the newest recruit to the Shanghai group, which has been a great way to meet neighbors who live around the 9-hole golf course, she said. Pat Dial looks at her cards during the weekly Shanghai Rummy game at the Fairway Village Clubhouse.
Two Vancouver men pleaded not guilty Friday to uttering racial slurs and attacking two other men June 20 in Water Works Park.Daniel Williams, 31, and Jedehiah Miller, 30, were charged with second-degree robbery.Their trial is scheduled for Aug. 19. Both men remain in custody at the Clark County Jail.Williams and Miller are accused of using a racial slur as they kicked and punched one of the men, according to a probable cause affidavit.Williams allegedly took the man’s backpack and wallet before he and Miller fled.After their arrest, a Clark County sheriff’s deputy found $3 in Miller’s mouth, according to the affidavit.
The shelter is at 2695 S. Index St. in Washougal. Learn more at http://www.wcghs.orgShadow the German shepherd shelter dog is safe after disappearing Saturday night during a fundraiser for the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.It’s not clear if someone tried to steal Shadow or simply wanted him released from a pickup, said Misha Piccola, board member of the no kill shelter in Washougal. A neighbor saw him running in the area of the Firstenburg Community Center and turned him into the Humane Society for Southwest Washington today. The foster family was alerted and Shadow was reunited with them.Shadow has become a bit of a media star after the incident.Piccola said Shadow was brought to the fundraiser by his foster family to be presented as the pet of the week and to represent pets that are available for adoption.“He was in a locked pickup, in a camper, it had a shell on it,” Piccola said. When his foster mom went to check on him, he was gone.“We do know that nobody that we know let (Shadow) our of the truck,” Piccola said. “It could have been someone who didn’t want the dog to be in the truck.”“We’ve had quite a few inquiries (about adopting Shadow) on the website,” Piccola said. “People really care. People have been sharing it (on Facebook).”
An Army site near Tacoma that supported Vancouver Barracks training operations a century ago now is a spearhead for U.S. military power in the Pacific.During a Wednesday visit, the senior Army officer at Joint Base Lewis-McChord highlighted the continuing links between Vancouver and the post once known as Fort Lewis.Some of those links are people in uniform, Lt. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza said: “Our military represents society.”That’s one reason Lanza was the featured speaker at the Rotary Club of Vancouver’s noon meeting, he said.“We want to be connected to the public we serve,” Lanza told Rotarians at the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay, and not “migrate away from the American public.”Lanza added that path to military service can be a two-way street. Each year, about 8,000 military personnel at Joint Base Lewis-McChord leave the service and re-enter civilian life.“Forty to 50 percent of them stay in Washington,” Lanza said. And, a large number of troops who were based elsewhere come to Washington to retire.
DENVER — A federal appeals court ruled for the first time Wednesday that states cannot prevent gay couples from getting married, extending the movement’s legal winning streak and bringing the issue a big step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.The three-judge panel in Denver ruled 2-1 that states cannot deprive people of the fundamental right to marry simply because they choose a partner of the same sex.“It is wholly illogical to believe that state recognition of love and commitment of same-sex couples will alter the most intimate and personal decisions of opposite-sex couples,” the judges wrote, addressing arguments that the ruling could undermine traditional marriage.The decision by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel upheld a lower-court ruling that struck down Utah’s gay marriage ban. It becomes law in the six states covered by the 10th Circuit: Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming. But the panel immediately put the ruling on hold pending an appeal.The Utah attorney general’s office planned to appeal the decision but it was assessing whether to go directly to the U.S. Supreme Court or ask the entire 10th Circuit to review the ruling, spokeswoman Missy Larsen said.
A Snohomish man with no prior criminal history was sentenced to more than 45 years in prison Thursday for serving as a lookout during a home-invasion robbery Dec. 19 in Ridgefield. During the robbery, a victim was tied up and several firearms were stolen.Jarrod A. Wiebe, 27, received the most severe sentence among his three co-conspirators in the robbery, even though the prosecutor and defense attorney agreed that he was the least culpable of the group because he was not armed and was not inside the home when one victim was tied up during the robbery.However, the state’s sentencing laws gave Clark County Superior Court Judge Scott Collier almost no discretion in determining Wiebe’s sentence.“This is one of those cases (for which) I think the Legislature should have given a safety valve to the court,” Collier said.He said the sentence is “a shock to the conscience.”In an agreement with Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu, Wiebe’s three co-defendants pleaded guilty Sept. 22 to reduced charges. As a result, each was sentenced to between 4½ and 14 yearsVu offered Wiebe a similar deal, but Wiebe decided to take his case to trial even after being informed of the potential consequences, said his attorney, Chris Ramsay.A jury found Wiebe guilty Oct. 1 of 16 felonies, nine of which had firearm enhancements. His convictions were largely based on state law that holds accomplices accountable for the crimes of their co-conspirators regardless of their roles in the acts.
Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts RelatedPosts As part of the deal, MPF will be required to perform parking operations in accordance with agreed service standards while the car park will remain available for public use, including entitlements currently enjoyed by SkyCity staff and customers. MPF has appointed Care Park to operate the car park.SkyCity, which last year sold one its car parks for NZ$40 million, will retain ownership of the land and carpark infrastructure. New Zealand’s SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited has sold the long-term concession over its Auckland carparks to Macquarie Principal Finance Group (MPF) for NZ$220 million.In an announcement on Friday, SkyCity said the sale of the concession, which covers around 3,200 parking spaces and runs through to June 2048, was part of the company’s strategy of offloading certain non-core assets and allocating capital to assets and businesses which are better aligned with its long-term strategic objectives. Load More Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team
More than a quarter (27%) of manager respondents are more comfortable discussing employees’ physical health than their mental health, according to research by Axa PPP Healthcare.Its survey of 1,000 managers also found that 45% of respondents are more comfortable discussing physical than mental health because they feel they do not know enough about mental health.The research also found:45% of respondents are wary about discussing mental health out of fear of upsetting or offending employees, and around a third (34%) are worried about saying the wrong thing and getting into trouble.More than half (57%) of respondents are just as comfortable discussing employees’ mental health as they are their physical health.28% of respondents have been diagnosed or treated with a mental health-related condition, and just 15% of these discussed their condition with their own manager.42% of those who kept their mental health condition private did so because they were concerned about being judged by colleagues, 32% feared their manager would judge them.A quarter (25%) of those respondents who kept their mental health condition private did so because they thought it would harm their career prospects, and 21% were concerned about discrimination.Dr Mark Winwood, director of psychological services at Axa PPP Healthcare, said: “Employers have a duty of care towards their employees’ health and safety, and would therefore be wise to provide managers with suitable training and back-up to ensure they are able to support employees whether their health problem relates to physical health or to mental health.“There is still a taboo around mental ill health and, as seen by the responses of the managers we polled, some would seem to be more concerned about getting into trouble or upsetting the employee than they are about the employee’s mental wellbeing. This should simply not be the case; managers should be ready, willing and able to hold a sensitive, supportive conversation with any employee they think is showing signs of ill health.”
Heidi Coppin has joined Matchesfashion.com as chief HR officer.Coppin’s previous roles include people director at Not On The High Street and global vice-president of human resources at Net-A-Porter.She has also held senior roles at Asos, Unilever, Warner Music and Anheuser-Busch over the course of her career.
Employee benefits technology provider Staffcare has relaunched its business as Zest, and simultaneously launched its new benefits technology platform.The launch marks the culmination of a multi-million, three-year investment programme by Zest, supported by its parent company, The SimplyBiz Group.Ray Sieber, managing director of Zest, said: “Today marks a major shift for the business and the market. The current technology on offer in this sector still dates back to the concepts that existed when the employee benefits technology sector started, and the market requirements have moved on and matured since then.“Today’s market expects modern, flexible, device independent software that is quick to set up, easy to maintain and simple to use.“Above all, it needs to truly achieve the ultimate aim of dramatically easing the burden of administration. No different really to what [employers] have come to expect of other more mature technology sectors.”Graham Meinke, Zest’s head of product, added: “Zest significantly reduces the time and cost of implementing benefits technology, offers a seamless employee experience and provides simple tools that reduce the administrative burden for employers.“Zest’s goal is to help employers achieve their corporate reward objectives while saving time and money in the process.”
EXCLUSIVE: More than four-fifths (82%) of employer respondents would like to see the joining deadline for childcare voucher schemes extended beyond April 2018, according to research by Jelf Employee Benefits.Its survey of 192 senior HR professionals also found that 63% of respondents will be making their employees aware of the deadline to join childcare voucher schemes, while 16% of respondents took this action in 2017. Less than one in 10 (9%) will not be making their employees aware of the deadline to join childcare voucher schemes.Just 8% would not like the deadline for joining childcare voucher schemes extended past April 2018.The childcare voucher scheme is being phased out in order to be replaced by the government’s tax-free childcare initiative, which was introduced in April 2017. The tax-free childcare scheme provides parents with children under the age of 12 up to £2,000 per child per year, or up to £4,000 per child per year if employees have a disabled child under the age of 17.The issue of whether the childcare voucher scheme should remain open is scheduled to be discussed in Parliament on Monday 15 January 2018.Steve Herbert (pictured), head of benefits strategy at Jelf Employee Benefits, said: “Clearly, there is overwhelming support for the deadline for new savers under the childcare voucher regime to be extended further. This is really quite important and relevant given that the issue is to be debated in Parliament in January. The Petitions Committee agreed to schedule a debate on the petition to keep childcare vouchers open on Monday 15 January 2018 at 4.30pm. The debate will be held in Westminster Hall, the second debating chamber in the House of Commons.“The other factor that jumps out is that very few employers have actually communicated this issue to their employees in 2017. This suggests that many parent-employees may be unaware of the need to make a decision regarding either childcare vouchers versus tax-free childcare, or indeed the key differences between the two offerings which are significant for some families. This is more than concerning given that the closing date for new members to childcare voucher schemes is April 2018.”
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A man suffered burns after, officials said, a propane tank exploded at a home in Southwest Miami-Dade, Thursday afternoon.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the incident along the 7900 block of Southwest 63rd Street, just before 4 p.m.Paramedics transported the victim to Kendall Regional Medical Center.A hazmat unit has been dispatched to the scene.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this breaking story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
But being at camp has helped him. “Seeing everybody with that problem, and I knew that I wasn’t the only one with that problem,” Austin said. “This camp helped me a lot, get over most of it, my sadness, it’s good, but it helped me get rid of that.”Experience Camps helped him and others ease the pain of losing one connection by helping create new ones. “I still keep in contact with one of the bunkmates I had,” Austin said.This event happened at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science.Experience Camps have locations out of state, but the week-long camps are free. If you’d like more information, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Dealing with the loss of a loved one can be hard on a child, so one organization is making it their mission to help young people deal with their grief.Experience Camps provide a space for children to laugh, cry, play, create and remember the person who passed away or try to forget the grief that could weigh them down.Volunteers at the camp said that the grief children endure could leave them confused, lonely and feel like they don’t have support, which can be detrimental to a child’s future.“Watching these kids spend their week at camp is really exhilerating,” said camp volunteer Kristina Lucia. “You see kids who come in and they’re so sad or they’re so shy and by the end of camp, they’ve made so many friends, they don’t feel alone anymore and they can head back into the real world knowing that they have this foundation of people around them who understand what they’ve been through and will be there for them for the rest of their lives.”There are many children like Austin Hamby, who need a place to process what happened.“Austin, before camp, was a little shy about going to camp. He also thought he was the only child to have lost loved ones,” said Austin’s mother Jessica Dutcher. “It’s helped him a lot because now he understands that he’s not the only one that has gone through a loss of a family member.”Austin has dealt with a lot of loss like with his father and grandparents.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The LGBTQ community will show off their pride in South Florida this weekend.Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend Pride Fort Lauderdale, which kicks off Friday night.It’ll be a star-studded affair. Charo, best known to American audiences for her role on “The Love Boat” will be on-hand.Before she hit the stage, she stopped by the Newsplex to talk about the event. “I’m very excited. I’m going to be taking pictures with everybody and definitely celebrating love is love,” she said. “Amor is amor, also coochie is coochie coochie, so its going to be beautiful.”The event will wrap up on Sunday, and WSVN is a proud sponsor.For more information, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.