What: Comment on new state workers’ compensation rules.When: 10 a.m. Feb. 21.Where: Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay, 100 Columbia St.Information: Workers’ comp questions.State officials will be in Vancouver later this month to gather feedback about how to best put into force recent reforms to Washington’s workers’ compensation system.Hurt workers have been up to eight times more likely to receive permanent disability status here than in the rest of the country, according to a state-commissioned study. That’s driven workers’ comp premiums up, and last year it spurred the Legislature to add a new option for resolving on-the-job-injury claims.That option, called a structured settlement, allows workers older than age 55 to negotiate compensation with their employers, rather than depending on the state Department of Labor & Industries, according to Dustin Dailey, L&I program manager. That will allow businesses to hold down their workers’ comp insurance rates by closing claims more quickly, and should give eligible employees more options for receiving payouts while returning to the workforce.Along with efforts to reduce fraud in the state workers’ compensation system and to better vet doctors and other health care providers, the introduction of a rainy day fund aimed at reducing rate increases, and other tweaks made by the state in 2011, L&I expects Washington businesses will save $1.1 billion over the next four years.Association of Washington Business officials praised the reforms, which they’d been seeking for years.But now L&I must interpret the broad changes outlined by the Legislature. A draft of the resulting rules is online at Structured Settlement Draft Rules.
Drugs don’t just affect the addict. They also hurt loved ones, says Forrest Sippey, a drug and alcohol counselor.“Everyone in the family plays a part in addiction,” he said.With more than 10 years of experience as a drug and alcohol counselor, the co-owner of Battle Ground-based Helping Professionals Wellness Center has seen it all.Heroin addiction is the worst, he said, because of the hold it takes on people.By the time addicts reach him, they’re in the throes of addiction and have typically extinguished every resource they once had with their families.When Sippey enters the picture, the psychological and physiological changes affecting their bodies are severe. For many, this leads to what’s known as dope sickness — when someone physically gets ill, like bad flu symptoms, while coming down from a heroin high.People can successfully overcome their addiction, he said, but only with a regimented routine, which includes counseling.For some, that could mean using replacement drug therapy, such as methadone — a synthetic substance that mimics the effects of opiates — or Suboxone, which quells both the dope sickness and urges to continue using.But the most important thing is for addicts to want recovery, he said. To reach that point, they usually need to be at, or near, rock bottom.
MOORE, Okla. — Students from a suburban Oklahoma City elementary school destroyed by this week’s tornado reunited with their teachers Thursday and collected whatever could be salvaged from the ruins.Some children carried thank-you cards. A first-grader was eager to see her favorite gym teacher and for a chance to say goodbye for the school year. It was one of many difficult goodbyes for the city of Moore. Family and friends attended the funeral of a 9-year-old girl who died at Plaza Towers Elementary School — the first since Monday’s storm, which killed 24 people. Students who survived the storm’s onslaught at the school and those whose parents had pulled them out of class just before it hit gathered with their teachers at another Moore school that wasn’t damaged. Seven children died at Plaza Towers.Authorities kept journalists at a distance, but Cheryle Dixon, a grandmother of first-grader Crisily Dixon, talked to a reporter about how hard it was for the little girl.
WOODBURN, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police says a pedestrian has been killed on Interstate 5 near Woodburn.Police say the pedestrian was struck by a semi-truck just before 6 a.m. Friday in the northbound lanes about four miles north of Woodburn.
More than half (55%) of qualified accountant respondents are motivated by flexibility and a greater work-life balance when considering a new job role, up from 37% in 2015, according to research by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Global Accounting Network.The CIMA 2016 salary insights report, which surveyed 3,460 student accountant CIMA members and 4,467 qualified CIMA members, also found that 52% of qualified accountant respondents are motivated by financial reward.The research also found:42% of qualified accountant respondents cite a good working environment as a main motivator.More than half (53%) of student accountant respondents are influenced by financial reward when considering a new role.36% of student accountant respondents are motivated by a good working environment when considering a new role.Adrian O’Connor (pictured), founding partner at the Global Accounting Network, said: “In the future, it is likely that both accounting professionals and employers will become increasingly open-minded about the benefits of working outside of non-traditional office hours. Good talent is in short supply and [organisations] need to be competitive to secure the best skills. Slow adopters in terms of flexibility risk missing out on the best people.“It is to be expected that motivators differ between the student accountant and the qualified accountant demographics. Flexible working is arguably more valuable for professionals later in their careers when they are more likely to have caring responsibilities or are just looking to slow the pace. Students, on the other hand, are right to seek out opportunities for development and challenging work to help build their skills and experience for the future.”
The governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper (pictured), has legislated to provide pay increases for state employees, adult correction staff and state Highway Patrol employees, effective from July 2019 and July 2020.On 30 August 2019, Cooper signed into law House Bills 609, 226 and 126, enabling state employees to receive pay increases for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 fiscal years.In order to implement the pay rises, Cooper has appropriated $239,220,554 (£194,957,574.89) for 2019-2020 pay awards, and $572,705,157 (£466,737,521.80) for 2020-2021 pay increases, from the government’s General Fund. The pay rises are effective from 1 July 2019 and 1 July 2020.State staff who are specifically employed at one or more state adult correctional facilities, and who were performing this job role as at 30 June 2019, will receive a 2.5% pay increase for the 2019-2020 financial year; if these employees remain in this position for the following year, they will receive a further 2.5% pay rise for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.Employees at the Department of Public Safety, working at high-need correctional facilities with elevated levels of vacant positions, are also entitled to a flat-dollar salary supplement, payable monthly for a two-year period. The minimum base supplement rate is $2,500 (£2,038) a year.Full-time, permanent employees at the Department of Public Safety are also to be awarded with an additional five days of annual leave, credited on 1 July 2019.The two-year pay increase structure and additional five days of annual leave will also be applied to law enforcement officers employed at the state Highway Patrol. These officers will therefore receive a 2.5% pay rise effective from 1 July 2019 and 1 July 2020 if they remain employed in their position as at 30 June 2019 and 30 June 2020. The extra annual leave is applicable from 1 July 2019.The Bill regarding Highway Patrol wages further accommodates for experience-based pay. To maintain this structure, the entry-level annual salary for state Highway Patrol staff is now $45,100 (£36,765.52) for the 2019-2020 fiscal year and $46,228 (£37,685.07) for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.Cooper said: “We appreciate our hardworking state employees across North Carolina. However, Republicans are insisting that teachers get a smaller pay raise than other state employees. This hurts our efforts to attract and keep highly qualified teachers in every classroom. I urge Republican legislators to pass a pay raise that doesn’t short-change teachers.“In addition, this bill provides for a pay raise for the governor. I have today donated the pay raise for the year in the amount of $3,682 [(£3,001.57)] to Donors Choose which provides funds to teachers directly in the classroom with supplies and other needs.”
PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – Cameras were rolling on a Valentine’s Day crime at C.B. Smith Park’s Paradise Grill.Surveillance video showed two teens prying open cash registers and attempting to spray a camera with some sort of liquid to cover their tracks.The pair damaged two computer monitors and ransacked an office.If you have any information on this crime duo, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – Shula’s Hotel & Golf Club is hosting a massive job fair, Wednesday.More than 2,000 positions are up for grabs at dozens of different companies.If you’re interested, the hotel is located at 6842 Main Street in Miami Lakes.The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.Pre-Register Online at www.jobnewsusa/southflorida. Print out your registration page and bring it with youCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A dog is back home after a “ruff” rescue in West Miami-Dade, Sunday morning.Cleo, a male golden Labrador, was pulled from a canal along Southwest Eighth Street and 87th Avenue. Rescue crews shared pictures of the dog on social media showing him back on dry land.Melissa Castro, Cleo’s owner, said he wandered from their home, just blocks away from the canal where he was found.After a chaotic day, the 12-year-old Lab is back in the arms of his loved ones. “He’s OK. We see him a limping a little, so we may have to get that checked out, but for the most part, he is happy,” said Castro. “He is excited, a little scared, I think, from everything that happened and occurred, but overall he’s good.”Fortunately, Cleo had on a dog tag, making it easy for officials to reunite him with his owners.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
ORLANDO, FLA. (WSVN) – Newly released video shows the gunman responsible for the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando prior to the massacre.The chilling images captured the moment Omar Mateen entered Pulse on the night of June 12, 2016.The footage shows the shooter paying to enter the club to scope out the scene. He is then seen leaving, then returning with a weapon.The surveillance video goes on to show police storming the scene.Forty-nine people died that night.The video is being released as evidence in the trial of Mateen’s wife, Noor Salman.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI (WSVN) – Police are searching for a man who burglarized a car in a Miami parking garage.Surveillance video from Jan. 30 shows a man snooping by the cars in the valet parking area of a garage near Southwest 10th Street and First Avenue.According to police, the victim left her car with the valet attendant.When she returned to pick up her vehicle, the valet realized the ignition in her car had been popped.If you have any information on this crime, 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.
A companion bill in the House introduced by Representative Paul Seaton (R-Homer) is awaiting hearings in his chamber’s finance and fisheries committees. Sen. Micciche: “The reality of it is our shorelines are littered with derelict vessels, in salt and freshwater.” Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-bill-to-reduce-junk-boats.mp3VmJennifer-on-bill-to-reduce-junk-boats.mp300:00RPd The bill seeks to require titles for boats in order to help the state track vessel ownership to determine liability. Smaller vessels would be required to have a title issued by the DMV and kept in the state’s database. Senate Bill 92: “An Act relating to abandoned and derelict vessels; relating to the registration of vessels; relating to certificates of title for vessels; relating to the duties of the Department of Administration; relating to the duties of the Department of Natural Resources; establishing the derelict vessel prevention program; establishing the derelict vessel prevention program fund” Sen. Micciche to the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday: “The intent of this bill is so that you understand the ownership of the vessel and you can start dealing with it years before what we’ve been doing now., Long before it ends up on the bottom.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A bill introduced by Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen) aims to reduce the number of abandoned boats that occupy the waterways in Alaska.
Time Out Chicago announced the elimination of six positions in its editorial, circulation and administration departments. According to editorial director Elizabeth Barr, the move was a cost-cutting measure that TOC editorial director Elizabeth Barr attributed to increased paper costs, a competitive advertising market and an uncertain economy.The cuts come despite increases in circulation and advertising. Sales grew 25 percent in 2007, circulation 11 percent, according to Barr. “By taking a closer look at the bottom line, reallocating duties and eliminating duplication of workload, we have positioned ourselves for financial success in 2008.”Publisher David Garland says the magazine does not anticipate any more cuts. “This was a preemptive effort to keep ourselves as lean as possible against the continuing competitiveness and recessionary economy,” he told FOLIO:.
Without a doubt, mobile looms large in everyone’s tech ambitions, but some publishers may be hard-pressed to isolate one platform that’s had the biggest impact. Rather, in looking back over the last few years, technological change has had more of an aggregate effect, collectively altering the way we produce and deliver content and provide services to our marketing partners. This collective impact may be the result of how fast things change—publishers are perpetually, iteratively, updating and adding new capabilities.Nevertheless, in the following excerpts, 10 executives from consumer, regional, b-to-b, association and digital-only publishers describe their game-changing technology investments, which range from mobile initiatives to content production overhauls and major changes in advertising services platforms.There’s no consensus on one particular platform, though there’s surely a common thread they’re all pulling at, but the variety of priorities does indeed signal how widespread the tech changes are across the operation. Jonathan MofflyPresident, Moffly MediaChris KaskiePresident, Pitchfork MediaGrant WhitmoreVice President and General Manager, Hearst Magazines Digital MediaMaria RodaleChairman & CEO, Rodale Inc.Peter GoldstoneCEO, Hanley WoodJim CasellaChairman, CEO, Asset InternationalDavid NussbaumChairman, CEO, F+W MediaJohn H. Graham IV, CAECEO & President, ASAEPaul MillerCEO, UBM TechSteve WeitznerCEO, Summit Professional Networks The rapid pace of change with publishing technology, and consumer technology for that matter, has opened up a host of new opportunities for publishers. “Prevailing wisdom” has been turned on its head.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Air Force has decided to set aside its plans to retire the A-10 close air support aircraft, in the wake of the attack plane’s critical role in the U.S. bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State, according to DOD sources.Air Force officials say they still will need to retire the A-10 to pay for newer generation aircraft, but for now the service will shelve its plan in response to commanders’ request for the Warthog, reported Defense One.The Air Force will release a revised retirement plan next month when the administration submits its fiscal 2017 budget request to Congress.The service had proposed retiring the fleet in each of its last two budget requests in response to fiscal constraints, but each time lawmakers blocked the plan, arguing the A-10 is the most effective aircraft in the Air Force inventory at protecting ground troops.Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he welcomed the report that the Air Force plans to keep the Warthog through FY 2017. “With growing global chaos and turmoil on the rise, we simply cannot afford to prematurely retire the best close air support weapon in our arsenal without fielding a proper replacement,” McCain said.The report represents good news for Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., which is home to the nation’s largest contingent of A-10s, with more than 80 of the planes in three squadrons, reported the Arizona Daily Star.“It appears the administration is finally coming to its senses and recognizing the importance of A-10s to our troops’ lives and national security,” Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), a former A-10 pilot who flew combat missions in the 1990s, said in a statement. McSally’s district includes Tucson, where Davis-Monthan is located.
Facebook U.N.’s First Human Rights Music Award human-rights-day-hits-musical-high-note-un Email Twitter News Human Rights Day Hits Musical High Note With U.N. First High Note Music Prize to be awarded next year by United Nations High Commissioner for Human RightsPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Dec 8, 2017 – 5:43 pm Human Rights Day on Dec. 10 commemorates the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Now a new High Note international partnership including the GRAMMY Museum has come together to commemorate music’s power to stand up for the human rights principles of “the equality and dignity of every person.””We commend The High Note Project and the U.N. Human Rights Office on their launch of The High Note Music Prize, which will place a deserved spotlight on artists using their music and platform for good,” said GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman. “Music is a powerful tool, and when used to call out injustice that power inspires goodwill in others and affects change across a broad spectrum of social issues.”High Note Project executive producers David Clark and Chantel Sausedo are helping to organize the first annual High Note Honors Concert in London, Fall 2018, with proceeds benefitting a charity to be chosen by its recipient — a major recording artist with more than a decade of philanthropic efforts — as well as the GRAMMY Museum and the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.GRAMMY Museum Awards $200K For Music Grants
Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 17, 2016 – 1:49 pm Buddy Guy: An Unconventional Student Of Music James Bay, Mick Jagger Guest On Buddy Guy’s Upcoming Album Email James Bay, Mick Jagger On Buddy Guy’s New Album james-bay-mick-jagger-guest-buddy-guys-upcoming-album Twitter ‘The Blues Is Alive And Well’ will also feature a track with Jeff Beck and Keith Richards as featured artists Philip MerrillGRAMMYs May 3, 2018 – 4:56 pm For those who love great guitar playing, 7-time GRAMMY winner Buddy Guy is in a class by himself, less because he is a legend and more because he just rocks the blues like no other. At the 58th GRAMMY Awards the blues master was joined by his producer Tom Hambridge, winning Best Blues Album for Born To Play Guitar. That same year, Guy received his Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy. Guy and Hambridge have joined forces again on his follow-up to be released on June 15, The Blues Is Alive and Well, with a spectacular featured artist lineup in tow.On the track list for The Blues Is Alive and Well, revealed on May 2, Guy and Richards are joined by fellow legend and eight-time GRAMMY winner Jeff Beck on the third track, “Cognac.” News Rolling Stone frontman Mick Jagger teams up with Guy on “You Did The Crime”; meanwhile, James Bay — who will drop his own album, Electric Light, on May 18 — comes onboard for “Blue No More.”Guy, who will be appearing on Netflix’s “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman” on May 4, has credited the South for both the origin of what’s called the Chicago Blues sound as well the spicy Louisiana cuisine he likes best. But it’s his own special flavor that caused the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards to tell Rolling Stone in 2015 that “He’s the top honcho now.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more
Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Aug 4, 2018 – 11:02 am Greta Van Fleet Talk “When The Curtain Falls” & Mo Exclusive: Greta Van Fleet At Lollapalooza exclusive-greta-van-fleet-lollapalooza-when-curtain-falls-touring Twitter Exclusive: Greta Van Fleet On Lollapalooza, “When The Curtain Falls” & Touring Email Jake and Sam Kiszka talk about the iconic music festival, their latest single and life on the road backstage at Lollapalooza Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Aug 4, 2018 – 11:03 am Rock and roll is alive and well—just ask Greta Van Fleet (or any of their many, many fans). With a pair of scorching EPs fanning the fire burning toward their highly anticipated debut album, the full-throttle rock band from Michigan have made everyone’s list lately of artists to keep a close eye on in 2018 lately. Brothers Jake and Sam Kiszka cruised by our tent backstage at Lollapalooza to describe the feeling of playing the iconic Chicago music fest, tell the story of how their latest single “When The Curtain Falls” came to be and what life is like on the road when you’re one of the hottest bands around.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” News
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Sunday, October 28, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of rain before 8am, then a slight chance of showers between 8am and 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. Southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.In The Community: The Wilmington Recreation Department is sponsoring the 51st Annual Horribles Parade. The parade will leave the Public Safety Building at 4:30pm. A fire engine will lead the parade down Church Street to the High School Cafeteria where treats will await all costumed children. In case of inclement weather, participants should go directly to the Wilmington High School Cafeteria. Boys and girls should bring a bag to carry their treats.In The Community: Cub Scout Pack 126 of Wilmington will be presenting its fourth annual Haunted House from 5pm to 7pm at Villanova Hall (126 Middlesex Avenue), located behind St. Thomas. There will be a $2 donation collected at the door. This town favorite and Cub Scout tradition will take place immediately after the Horribles Parade. There will be fun for all ages. The event is appropriate for kids in Grades K to 5.In The Community: Austin Prep is hosting its Annual Admissions Open House for prospective students in grades 6 through 12 from 11am to 2pm. Students and teachers will illustrate the school’s challenging academic programs through classroom demonstrations and tours. All visitors will hear about the Austin Journey from Headmaster James Hickey, Ph.D., and have the chance to talk with current parents. Families will meet coaches, music and art directors, and club moderators. Light refreshments will be served. Register for the Open House at http://www.austinprep.org/inquire.In The Community: The Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitors’ Center (71 Faulkner Street, North Billerica) is open from noon to 4pm. Learn about the canal, which travels through Wilmington.MBTA Reminder: There will be no weekend commuter rail service on the Lowell Line (Wilmington Center) until December. A free shuttle bus will be available. Learn more HERE.Food Shopping: Food shopping in town this week? In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing email@example.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For October 29, 2017In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For May 4, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”
Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: John H. Nee, 93In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Anthony Charles Mack, 78In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries” NORTH READING, MA — Alexander T. Fairweather, 90, of North Reading and formerly of Wilmington, died unexpectedly at his home on Friday, November 30, 2018.Born in Somerville, MA on October 31, 1928. He was the son of the late Alexander and Mary Jane (Scott) Fairweather. He was raised and educated in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School, Class of 1948.He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy, during the Korean War from 1950 to 1954, he served on the USS Howard Gilmore and he received an honorable discharge.Alex went into the plumbing trade, he was member of the Plumbing Local 12 in Boston, 283 in Lawrence and Local 138 in Salem.He loved his family, hunting and fishing, his boat, playing the drums and listening to classical music. Alex was also an avid Patriot fan. He has been a resident of North Reading for 55 years.Family members include his loving wife of 56 years, Joan A. (Turner) Fairweather; his son, Lee Fairweather and his wife Evelyn; his grandson, Scott Fairweather and late grandson, Joseph Fairweather; he was the brother of the late James Fairweather, Betty Long and Mary Hollenbeck.Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his memory to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are by the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading. http://www.croswellfuneralhome.com.Alexander T. Fairweather(NOTE: The above obituary is from Croswell Funeral Home.)Thank You To Our Sponsor: