US Air Force copter crashes in England killing 4

first_imgLONDON — A U.S. Air Force Pave Hawk helicopter crashed in the coastal marshes of eastern England during a training mission on Tuesday night, killing all four crew members aboard, officials said. The helicopter crashed at about 6 p.m. local time near Salthouse on the Norfolk coast, a statement from the U.S. Air Force said. The aircraft was based at the nearby Royal Air Force station in Lakenheath, Suffolk County, which hosts USAF units and personnel.The helicopter, assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing, was flying low at the time of the crash, the statement added.In Washington, a U.S. defense official said the accident killed the four U.S. Air Force crew members aboard. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the crash publicly. Local police in Norfolk County also said they believed all four crew had died. Family members will be notified before details about the victims are released.Emergency workers from the fire brigade, coast guard and police responded the scene. Police in Norfolk County believed ammunition was onboard the helicopter, and the scene was cordoned off so that experts could ensure the area was safe. Apart from the crew, nobody was put in any danger, police said. It is not yet known what caused the accident.Pave Hawks — a modified version of the better-known Black Hawks — are mostly used for combat search and rescue missions, mainly to recover downed air crew members or other personnel during war and other hostile situations. They typically practice flying low and fast, often at altitudes of hundreds, rather than thousands, of feet. Pave Hawks have been deployed in numerous missions, including to Japan in the wake of the tsunami in 2011 and to the southern U.S. after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. They also support military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.last_img read more

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Survey Clark College students feel wellprepared for future

first_imgAleksi Lepisto This story was written by a staff member of The Independent, Clark College’s campus newspaper, as part of a collaboration with The Columbian called Voices From Clark College. It will be published online today by The Independent at clarkcollegeindependent.com.Clark College students say they feel well-prepared for their future — whether it takes them to another institution or straight into the workforce.That’s according to a survey conducted earlier this month by student journalists at the college’s student newspaper, The Independent.The survey lent perspective for a student panel at The Columbian’s annual Economic Forecast Breakfast, being held Thursday at the Hilton Vancouver Washington. For the first time, the breakfast includes a student panel called “Voices of our Youth.” Students from Washington State University Vancouver, Clark College, Vancouver Public Schools and Evergreen Public Schools comprise the panel, which is being moderated by Clark College President Bob Knight.Some 364 students, representing about three percent of the 13,096 full- and part-time students enrolled for the winter term at Clark College, participated in the seven-question survey. Students in history, art, engineering, communications, foreign language and English courses completed the surveys.“We conducted the survey so that there would be a broad range of students,” said Aleksi Lepisto, The Independent’s editor-in-chief. “We thought this was the fair way to do it.”Of the students polled, 242 reported they felt “well-prepared” for their future, whether they plan to transfer to a four-year school or enter the job market. The survey found that 301 students plan to transfer, while 24 said they intend to look for work in Clark County.last_img read more

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Illegal treecutting could prompt hefty fine

first_img A Vancouver man could face thousands of dollars in penalties after illegally cutting a large swath of trees on a slope near his home.The city last week received a complaint about an illegal tree removal that happened early this month, said Urban Forester Charles Ray. A site visit determined that 16 large trees were cut, plus “a lot more saplings,” he said. Officials soon learned that Bill Patterson, who lives nearby but doesn’t own the land, was the one who cleared it.The reason? “View enhancement,” Ray said.While the city is still weighing possible penalties, Patterson said he does accept responsibility for the cutting. He considers relationships with neighbors, property owners and the city to be of “utmost importance,” he said.“We’re working with the city and the property owner to resolve (those) issues,” Patterson said, declining to comment further.The affected area covers about 15,000 square feet immediately south of Cedar Street, on the steep bank above East Fifth Street. The felled trees were simply left in a heap where they lay.The city is still completing its investigation, and could decide on possible penalties within a week or two, Ray said.“In cases like this, the city typically issues fines,” Ray said.The bill could be steep: Fines of up to $1,000 per large tree are possible, he said, plus restoration costs. The clearing went against the city’s tree conservation rules, and happened on a site that falls under a “critical areas” ordinance designed to protect sensitive lands. In this case, the steep tree-covered slope is important for erosion control and stability, Ray said. Healthy trees also help control stormwater runoff, he said.The property where the trees were cleared is owned by Dow Cedar Street LLC, according to county records. Any restoration work on the site would be the responsibility of Patterson, according to the city. Click to enlargelast_img read more

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4Q retail sales get boost from new home sales

first_imgActivity subject to sales tax2013: $1.3 billion2012: $1.2 billion2011: $1.14 billion2010: $1.1 billion2009: $1 billionSOURCE: Washington Department of RevenueIt was new houses, not holiday bargains, that drove Clark County retail sales to the highest increase in the state in the fourth quarter of 2013, a jump that was almost double the increase recorded statewide.Home construction drove the county’s taxable retail sales higher by 10.7 percent in the three months ending Dec. 31, which topped a statewide increase of 5.8 percent during the same period, the Washington State Department of Revenue reported Tuesday. Clark County also registered a higher year-over-year retail sales increase than Washington’s four most populous counties — King, which grew 6.3 percent; Pierce, which grew 3.2 percent; Snohomish, which grew 6.2 percent; and Spokane, which grew 5.4 percent.County sales of building materials shot up 20 percent to 59.4 million in the fourth quarter, the state reported.“The highest contributor to the bump in sales, is new home construction,” said Pam Lindloff, an associate vice president with NAI Norris Beggs & Simpson in Vancouver. “If you compare residential growth across the state, (Clark County) had pretty good new home construction last year,” said Lindloff, a commercial real estate broker who specializes in retail trade.The state reported sales taxes on $233 million worth of construction activity in Clark County in the fourth quarter, an increase of 21.7 percent from $191.4 million during the same period in 2012. The increase coincides with an increase in homebuilding, as measured by permits issued in Vancouver and unincorporated Clark County, which shot up 23.2 percent to 239 new homes, compared with 194 houses in the fourth quarter of 2012.The taxed items “would be anything from someone buying their appliances at DeWils to Super Floors” in Vancouver, said Terry Wollam, a Realtor with Wollam & Associates Real Estate who works with local housing developers.last_img read more

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American hostage dies in rescue attempt in Yemen

first_imgWASHINGTON — An American kidnapped more than a year ago in Yemen was killed during a U.S.-led military operation to rescue him, the Pentagon announced Saturday.Luke Somers, 33, a freelance photographer who’d been held by Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula since September 2013, was shot by his captors, the Pentagon said. A South African teacher, Pierre Korkie, who was being held with him, also was killed as were four Yemeni soldiers, the Yemeni government said.No U.S. military casualties were announced.It was the third failed effort by U.S. special forces to rescue a hostage held by terrorists since July, a reminder that special operations such as the one that resulted in the death of al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden are incredibly risky undertakings that are as likely to fail as they are to succeed.The operation began at around 4 a.m. local time in the Nisab district of Yemen’s Shabwa province, a rugged area that has long been outside the control of Yemen’s central government.A team of about 40 special-forces operatives landed in two Osprey vertical-takeoff aircraft a few miles from the village of Abadan, where officials were “pretty certain” Somers and Korkie were being held in a building, a senior Defense Department official said. The U.S. team then walked to the site, the official said, in an effort to maintain an element of surprise.last_img read more

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Landing halts trading as stocks plummet Chairman out of reach

first_img Landing International rejects links to company found using IP to promote cryptocurrency Two Landing directors voted out, Chairman Yang sneaks back in RelatedPosts Hong Kong-listed Landing International Development Ltd was forced to issue a trading halt on Thursday after its stock price plummeted 35% in less than two hours.In a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, the company said that it was unaware of any specific reason for the plunge but added it had been unable to contact its majority shareholder Yang Zhihui throughout the day. Yang holds a 50.48% stake in Landing through his wholly-owned company and is also Chairman of the board. Pacific Online says operators still in dark as government confirms 21,000 Philippines lottery outlets closed Load More Shares opened at HK$5.60 at 09:00 on Thursday but by 10:52 had fallen to HK$3.71 when trading was halted.“The board of directors of the company noted the fluctuation in the price and trading volume of shares of the company on 23 August 2018 and confirmed that the company has been unable to contact or reach Mr Yang Zhihui,” Landing said in an announcement.“The company is making attempts to contact Mr Yang.”Landing International Chairman Dr Yang ZhihuiHowever, Landing added that as far as it was aware, “the business operations and financial positions of the group are normal. In addition, since the day-to-day business operation and management of the group has been undertaken by the group’s senior management team, the board currently does not expect that the temporary absence of Mr Yang would have any material adverse impact on the daily business operations and financial positions of the group. The board will further assess relevant impacts on the Group.”Landing said it has requested trading resume from 09:00 on Friday.The company earlier this month held a groundbreaking ceremony for its planned US$1.5 billion Manila integrated resort in Manila, but the project remains in doubt after Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said he would allow no new casinos to be built under his watch.last_img read more

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Fourfifths rely on alternative finance options to source money between paydays

first_imgAlmost four-fifths (78%) of UK employees rely on finance options such as credit cards in order to source money quickly between paydays, according to research by on-demand pay provider Hastee Pay.The study, which surveyed 1,000 working individuals in the UK, also found that among London-based employees, the proportion relying on credit cards to source personal finance rises to 91%. This issue is not limited to those in lower paid positions, as across the UK 75% of high earners rely on credit cards, with 51% using them to source funds on a monthly basis.Employees struggle, in particular, with the cost of commuting, as 32% of those polled report having found themselves unable to make it into work due to unexpected costs causing them to have insufficient funds for their journey. Four-fifths (81%) stated that they would turn down a job on the basis of travel costs.Financial stress was reported to have impacted respondents’ sleep (38%), social life (29%), relationships (29%) and health (23%). A quarter (25%) of employees stated that they have suffered from a lack of concentration at work due to concerns regarding their finances.Financial worries have impacted 21% of the workforce, a proportion which rises to 30% among those in higher level roles. However, 43% of the working population reported that they would feel uncomfortable asking an employer for a pay advance.Almost half (45%) of those surveyed said they would be more likely to stay with an organisation that offered flexible payment options, and 44% stated that having total control over their earned pay was an appealing prospect. The majority (88%) stated that they would take pay frequency into consideration when searching for a new job.James Herbert (pictured), chief executive officer at Hastee Pay, said: “It’s clear that traditional pay cycles don’t fit with modern financial demands; flexible payment is the key to motivating and retaining a happy, productive and engaged workforce.”More than half (54%) stated that frequency of pay has an impact on their lifestyle choices, and 21% admitted that they have taken time to manage their finances during working hours.Despite the apparent demand for aid, only 12% of employers offer face-to-face financial advice, and only 16% provide financial wellbeing programmes. Employees, meanwhile, feel that their organisation should provide more frequent payment options (23%), flexible payment options (35%) and impartial advice on how to manage finances (19%).Herbert concluded: “Employers must begin to acknowledge and understand the silent strain that financial stress is having on their workforce. As part of the growing trend of businesses demonstrating corporate social responsibility, employers should consider a financial wellbeing strategy that offers guidance and which also empowers workers to reach out and ask for help, both confidently and discreetly.”last_img read more

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City of Miami Police host neighborhood barbecue in Liberty City

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – City of Miami Police came together to serve in a new way with a barbecue in Liberty City, Saturday.Their goal was to build a stronger relationship and trust between officers and the communities they serve.“It’s an honor to be here,” said Deputy Director Freddie Ramirez. “We’re showing the community that we’re human, that we’re just like them. We’re all the same. Showing our kids to believe in the police because we’re dads, we’re moms, we’re brothers and sisters. That’s what we’re showing them here. We’re all real.”There were also dance competitions, kickball games, prizes, bounce houses and giveaways, all courtesy of the Miami Police Department.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Report Grandfather fatally stabbed after asking man to stop doing drugs in

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. UTICA, Mich. (WSVN) — A grandfather in Michigan was stabbed to death at his grandchild’s first birthday party after he reportedly asked a man in the park to stop doing drugs in front of the children.The Macomb Daily reports the victim spotted the man using drugs on a nearby park bench during his granddaughter’s birthday party at Grant Park in Utica, about 30 miles north of Detroit.Amanda Pasho witnessed the attack, telling the newspaper that the suspect flew into a rage and stabbed the grandfather more than a dozen times.“He had his arms up to fend off the man from stabbing him,” Pasho told the Macomb Daily. “The man put his knee in the guy’s abdomen to hold him down and then put his arm across his face and began stabbing him with a knife, like non-stop, just jabbing at him with the knife.”Police arrested the suspect at the scene, WXYZ reports. Authorities have not released the identity of the suspect or victim.Christopher Kaftas told the station the victim was his best friend, and said the attack happened in front of children and family.According to Fox News, witnesses said the attacker had a box of whippets, or canisters containing nitrous oxide, which can cause hallucinations if inhaled. last_img read more

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PETA Phrases like bring home the bacon are comparable to racism homophobia

first_img(WSVN) – PETA wants to put an end to what they call “anti-animal” language that comes with old sayings, claiming they normalize animal cruelty.The animal-rights group tweeted a list of “animal-friendly idioms,” suggesting they should be used to avoid offending vegans.Instead of saying “bring home the bacon,” PETA suggested the phrase “bring home the bagels.” Rather than using the phrase “kill two birds with one stone,” their alternative is “feed two birds with one scone.”“Just as it became unacceptable to use racist, homophobic, or ableist language, phrases that trivialize cruelty to animals will vanish as more people begin to appreciate animals for who they are and start ‘bringing home the bagels’ instead of the bacon,” PETA said in its tweet.Here is PETA’s full list of alternative phrases:Instead of: “Be the guinea pig.”Say: “Be the test tube.”Instead of: “Beat a dead horse.”Say: “Feed a fed horse.” Instead of: “Take the bull by the horns.”Say: “Take the flower by the thorns.”Instead of: “Kill two birds with one stone.”Say: “Feed two birds with one scone.”Instead of: “Bring home the bacon.”Say: “Bring home the bagels.” Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Words matter, and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it. Here’s how to remove speciesism from your daily conversations. pic.twitter.com/o67EbBA7H4— PETA: Bringing Home the Bagels Since 1980 (@peta) December 4, 2018 Just as it became unacceptable to use racist, homophobic, or ableist language, phrases that trivialize cruelty to animals will vanish as more people begin to appreciate animals for who they are and start ‘bringing home the bagels’ instead of the bacon.— PETA: Bringing Home the Bagels Since 1980 (@peta) December 4, 2018 last_img read more

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