Fallen Marine Sgt Jason D Peto remembered

first_imgSgt. Jason D. Peto’s spirit of brotherhood and sacrifice was celebrated Saturday in a funeral Mass for the Vancouver Marine.Peto, 31, died on Dec. 7 of wounds suffered about three weeks ago in Afghanistan.On Nov. 24, Peto led his squad to the scene of an explosion to help evacuate a Marine who’d been caught in the blast. Then another hidden bomb went off, severely injuring Peto. He died at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.Peto — born on Jan. 28, 1979, in Montebello, Calif. — was remembered as an adventurous youngster who matured into a brave young man.During Saturday’s Mass at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Brian Moore shared memories of his cousin riding motorcycles and teaching younger kids in the family how to fish. Moore recalled Jason enjoying his first BB gun with a day of target practice in the desert. And when the guys headed back to where Jason’s grandfather was tending the campfire, Jason couldn’t resist one final target: his grandfather.The family moved from California to Vancouver when Jason was about 10. Peto attended Mountain View High School and Clark College, and joined the Marines in 2004.“He was my best friend and my brother,” said Marine Sgt. Leroy Prior, who also shared some personal remembrances during the service.“They let me come me come back for this,” said Prior, who will be heading back to Afghanistan.Prior noted how Peto served two deployments in Iraq. Four years ago, Peto was wounded in Ramadi during a combat tour and received the first of his two Purple Heart awards.And after that, “He re-enlisted,” Prior said.“He became a trainer,” Prior said. After two years of teaching young Marines how to handle the hazards of combat, “he decided it was time to join them on the front lines.”last_img read more

Sheriffs office K9 Kane killed in the line of duty

first_imgJust one year from retirement, a Clark County Sheriff’s Office canine was fatally stabbed shortly after midnight Saturday.Kane, who worked as a police dog for six years, was transported to and then pronounced dead at St. Francis Animal Hospital.Deputies spotted two people driving in a vehicle with stolen license plates in a cul-de-sac near Heritage High School, said Sgt. Scott Schanaker, a sheriff’s spokesman. They followed the vehicle south to the intersection of Northeast 76th Street and 117th Avenue.At one point, the driver allegedly tried to ram a patrol car before both people got out of the stolen vehicle and fled on foot. As the pair ran, Kane tried to detain one of them and was stabbed, according to a news release.A commenter on The Columbian’s website claiming to have heard the incident over a police scanner wrote that Kane had caught somebody and was stabbed. He then grabbed the person a second time and was stabbed again.Another commenter wrote that Kane was stabbed near her house. “(Kane’s) cries will haunt me for a long time,” wrote someone using the username “tj.”Deputies said the suspects in the incident were taken into custody after the Southwest Washington Regional SWAT Team was called to assist deputies, Vancouver police and Washington State Patrol. There were no other injuries reported.last_img read more

Panetta AlQaida defeat in reach

first_imgKABUL, Afghanistan — Al-Qaida’s defeat is “within reach,” U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Saturday during his first visit to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief. He said eliminating as few as 10 of the group’s top figures could cripple its ability to strike the West.Panetta’s assessment could stoke the debate in Washington over how soon to pull the U.S. military from the land where Osama bin Laden’s network launched the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, against the United States. Some ask why an extended military commitment is necessary if al-Qaida’s end is in sight.Although not as specific as Panetta about what it will take to break al-Qaida, the top American commander in Afghanistan agreed the group is on the ropes.“There has been enormous damage done to al-Qaida” beyond bin Laden’s killing May 2 in Pakistan. Army Gen. David Petraeus said. “That has very significantly disrupted their efforts and it does hold the prospect of a strategic defeat, if you will, a strategic dismantling, of al-Qaida.”Panetta said he hoped his shift from CIA director to defense secretary, combined with a change of U.S. civilian and military leaders in Kabul, will put the troubled U.S.-Afghan relationship “back on the right track.”last_img read more

Clark County at Work Focus North America Inc

first_imgo Each week, The Columbian offers a brief snapshot of an interesting Clark County business. Send ideas to Mary Ricks: via email; fax 360-735-4598; phone 360-735-4550.Business name: Focus North America Inc.Owners: Steve Palodichuk, Don Meacham and Mike Wiant.Address: 1005 W. Eighth St., Vancouver. The company also has an office in Kent.What the business does: Focus North America Transportation Inc. is an over-the-road trucking company that provides service in all 48 contiguous states, as well as several Canadian provinces. The company moves freight locally and globally. It works with a vast network of carrier partners that makes it possible to service customers in almost any market.Steps to build the business: The company’s owners are slowly but methodically expanding their fleet of trucks and trailers as well as other assets so they can continue to meet the demands of their customers. Focus North America also works with a growing number of experienced owner-operators to further expand its services.Greatest challenge: The company is challenged to find qualified drivers and those who meet governmental regulations. Another challenge, the owners say, is that ever-changing government requirements can make it difficult to stay on the cutting edge.What is your favorite part of the job: The owners enjoy working strategically and systematically to bring the freight and trucks together.last_img read more

Sharp companies move in together

first_img WHAT: Applied research and development facility exploring advanced technologies in four core units.WHERE: 5750 N.W. Pacific Rim Blvd., Camas.ESTABLISHED: 1995.EMPLOYEES: In 2003, the company employed more than 180 people in Camas.OWNERSHIP: Subsidiary of Sharp Corp., Osaka, Japan.PRESIDENT AND CEO: Larry Meixner.WHAT’S NEW: The R&D company has moved out of its two-story office building in Camas and will share space with its sister company, Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas, in a three-story building next door.Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas and Sharp Laboratories of America have condensed staff into one of two buildings at the company’s Camas campus, leaving one structure vacant and ready to lease.The news comes as parent company, Japan-based Sharp Corp., restructures to cope with net losses of more than $5 billion in the fiscal year ending in March. The company is known for its liquid crystal display technology, advanced television and wireless phone systems, software design for imaging systems and semiconductor materials research.The vacated, two-story building once housed offices and research space for Sharp Laboratories. Its staff has moved in with sister company Sharp Microelectronics in a newly renovated three-story building next door, said David Franks, vice president of human resources at Sharp Microelectronics.Franks, who works for Sharp Microelectronics, said he could not speak on behalf of Sharp Labs about any change in its staffing levels. That company’s president and chief executive officer, Larry Meixner, did not return calls. Click to enlargelast_img read more

Wash lawmakers near special session deadline

first_imgOLYMPIA (AP) — Lawmakers could work through the weekend as the end of an overtime special looms.Late Thursday night, the Democratic-controlled House passed a new budget proposal that dropped an extension of business taxes, and the House also voted to add more money to the state’s education system by closing a group of tax preferences, such as requiring nonresidents to apply for sales tax refunds instead of getting them automatically. Gov. Jay Inslee lauded the House budget in a written statement issued Friday, saying it “shows serious compromise, and meets the Senate more than half way.”The House and Senate have been locked in weeks of fruitless budget negotiations, with a Republican-dominated majority in the Senate opposing any tax changes. Senators have expressed concern about the House plan but also say the two sides are making progress toward a final solution.The special session ends Tuesday. Inslee has said another special session would start Wednesday if needed.last_img read more

Vancouver hitrun getaway ends when car catches fire

first_imgA hit-and-run driver’s getaway was foiled Wednesday night when his damaged car caught fire and burned in Brush Prairie.The crash occurred at 8:47 p.m. near the intersection of Northeast 162nd Avenue and Mill Plain Boulevard in Vancouver, according to Vancouver Police Department Officer Ilia Botvinnik. The man driving the hit-and-run vehicle, a blue 2007 Mini Cooper, fled the scene and made it to Brush Prairie before the car became engulfed in flame.No one was injured in the incident, Botvinnik said.The man was taken into custody about 9:30 p.m. on suspicion of driving under the influence and hit and run driving. The man’s name was not immediately available Wednesday night.last_img

Former Vancouver man gets 11 years for bilking elderly

first_imgA former Vancouver resident was recently sentenced in San Diego to serve 11 years in a California state prison and pay $3 million in restitution for operating a phony insurance company and bilking elderly clients.Michael B. Woodward, 50, pleaded guilty to residential burglary, theft from an elder, theft greater than $500,000, transacting insurance without authorization and failure to file a state tax return.His wife, Melissa J. Woodward, 48, pleaded guilty to failing to file a tax return and was sentenced to probation.When Woodward lived in Vancouver and was selling plans to senior citizens, he was investigated — nearly two dozen times by one agency alone — but never charged with a crime.The prosecution of Woodward, who had his license to sell insurance revoked in Washington and Oregon, was the result of an investigation by the California Department of Insurance and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Insurance Fraud Unit.The Woodwards were arrested April 10 at their home in Las Vegas and extradited to San Diego, according to a news release from the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. They entered their guilty pleas in June and were sentenced on Aug. 8 in San Diego County Superior Court.last_img read more

Vancouver City Council eyes bigger role in oil terminal permit bid

first_imgThe Vancouver City Council will take a more prominent role in the state-level permitting process of a proposal for an $110 million oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver.How much more prominent wasn’t explored Monday during a council update on the proposal by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies to build the Northwest’s largest oil-by-rail facility.Councilors indicated they will file a motion to intervene, which would give the city standing to make arguments directly to the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC), introduce evidence, cross-examine witnesses and appeal the decision.They stopped short of either expressing support or disapproval, however.As with the concerns submitted to EFSEC last year as part of a scoping process to determine what should be included in an environmental review, councilors remained neutral.The closest anyone got to stating an opinion about the proposed oil terminal was when Councilor Bart Hansen said he’s not particularly pleased with what he’s seen of the proposal.last_img read more

Governors Buzz over pot just smoke

first_imgWASHINGTON — All the buzz at the National Governors Association meeting over legalizing pot, some say, is just smoke.Nearly three months after Colorado began selling recreational marijuana, the nation’s governors are taking a cautious approach to loosening their drug laws despite growing support for legalization.Republican and Democratic state chief executives meeting in Washington this weekend expressed broad concern for children and public safety should recreational marijuana use spread. At the same time, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is warning other governors against rushing to follow his lead.He said he’s spoken to “half a dozen” governors with questions about his state’s experience, including some who “felt this was a wave” headed to their states.“When governors have asked me, and several have, I say that we don’t have the facts. We don’t know what the unintended consequences are going to be,” Hickenlooper said. “I urge caution.”The Democrat continued: “I say, if it was me, I’d wait a couple of years.”States are watching closely as Colorado and Washington establish themselves as national pioneers after becoming the first states to approve recreational marijuana use in 2012.last_img read more

Sgt Gardner to run for Clark County sheriff

first_imgwww.shanegardner.comwww.facebook.com/ShaneGardnerforSheriffwww.twitter.com/ShaneforSheriffA Clark County Sheriff’s sergeant announced Monday that he’s running for sheriff in the 2014 election, making him the fourth candidate to enter the race.Shane Gardner, 44, said he thought about running for sheriff for a long time and was approached by people who thought he would make a worthy candidate. Gardner is running on a nonpartisan platform because he felt that identifying himself with either political party was polarizing.“The sheriff’s office isn’t a partisan place,” he said.Gardner has been with the sheriff’s office since 1998. He was a patrol deputy for a few years before he became a detective with the Clark-Skamania Drug Task Force, now called the Clark-Vancouver Drug Task Force.Gardner now works as a community outreach sergeant. In that unit, Gardner said he builds community relationships and gets to see what happens when people who make mistakes are connected with resources and assimilated back into the community. He sees it as the positive side of law enforcement and the “why” behind police work.Community outreach leads programs such as the Neighbors on Watch, Seniors and Law Enforcement Together, and Clark County Explorers. Part of Gardner’s responsibilities is to provide crime prevention training and supervise the county’s school resource officers.last_img read more

Donaco wins injunction against Thai vendor to freeze major shareholding

first_img Aristocrat wins battle over intellectual property rights with US$3 million settlement 10,000 Chinese citizens flee Sihanoukville in days after Cambodian online gaming directive: report The trio had previously been granted permission to host gaming facilities under the management of Donaco in a deal that saw the latter paid a monthly management fee of THB5 million (US$151,000), but that agreement expired in 2017 with no new management arrangements put in place. Under the terms of non-compete provisions, the vendor is not allowed to be involved in any other casino or gaming business in the Poipet area.Donaco won an injunction via a Cambodian court in December to close Star Paradise casino and is continuing to pursue enforcement of its legal rights via arbitration proceedings in Singapore. Arbitration awards from Singapore can be enforced in both Cambodia and Thailand.In a filing to the Australian Securities Exchange on Tuesday, Donaco announced that it has now been granted an ex parte interlocutory order in the nature of a Mareva injunction in NSW to freeze the Donaco shares held by the Thai vendors.The order “restrains the defendants, by themselves and their servants and agents, from selling, disposing of or otherwise alienating their interest in the share capital of Donaco, until the final resolution and payment of any award of damages in the Singapore arbitration proceedings initiated by Donaco.”The defendants own 148 million shares in Donaco, representing approximately 17.9% of the company’s issued capital.The proceedings are listed again before the Supreme Court in Sydney on 6 April 2018 for a continuation of the interlocutory order. Donaco ready to reset after horror year sees losses widen in FY19 on Cambodia impairment charge Australian-listed Donaco International Limited has been granted an injunction by the Supreme Court of New South Wales to freeze the shares held by the Thai vendors of its Star Vegas casino resort in Cambodia.Donaco is seeking damages of US$120 million from the vendors – named as Somboon Sukcharoenkraisri and his two sons Lee Bug Huy and Lee Bug Tong – for continuing to run gaming operations in defiance of non-compete provisions at Star Paradise, which is located adjacent to Star Vegas in Poipet. RelatedPosts Load Morelast_img read more

Melco Resorts to continue The House of Dancing Water under new management

first_img Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August Melco International Development grants Evan Winkler HK$269 million share options RelatedPosts Load More Melco Resorts & Entertainment has announced the continuation of its award-winning resident show “The House of Dancing Water” under a new operational structure.With the show’s original 10-year contract up for renewal, the revised structure will see Franco Dragone, founder of Belgian creative company Dragone, remain as artistic director where he will continue to oversee the artistic and creative direction of the production. However, Melco said the show will now be managed under a new independent and separate artistic show management entity. JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner “This is an exciting moment for Melco and we look forward to our renewed cooperation with Franco Dragone under this arrangement as we continue to deliver this stunning performance to audiences from around the world,” said Melco Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho.“This show has become one of the greatest attractions for tourists in Macau and I feel privileged that Melco has had the opportunity to work with Dragone’s talented team for the last decade.“Our announcement today further demonstrates our commitment to entertainment offerings and our intention to deliver an amazing artistic and cultural experience to our guests. We hope to do this in Macau but also globally in our integrated resorts around the world.”“The House of Dancing Water” has been seen by almost 6 million people since it debuted in 2010.last_img read more

72 have not asked for a pay rise in last three years

first_imgAlmost three-quarters (72%) of respondents have not asked for a pay rise in the last three years, according to research by recruitment consultancy Randstad.Its survey of 2,000 UK employees also found that around a third (34%) of respondents would consider asking their current boss for a pay increase.The research also found:35% of respondents do not ask for a pay rise because they are worried that they will be turned down, 34% decline to do so out of fear of their manager’s reaction, and 29% cite the prospect of having to justify why they deserve an increase as the reason for not asking for a pay rise.72% of female respondents would never consider asking for a pay rise, compared to 58% of male respondents.44% of female respondents name fear of rejection as the primary reason for not asking for a pay rise, and male respondents cite concern about how their manager will react (26%) as the main reason.14% of respondents aged 18-24 years old have asked for at least three pay rises in the last three years.More than a third (34%) of London-based respondents have asked for a pay rise in the last three years.80% of respondents in the East Midlands and in East Anglia have not asked for a pay rise in the past three years.12% of respondents in North East England have asked for a pay rise three or more times in the last three years.Mark Bull, UK chief executive officer at Randstad, said: “Despite signs pointing to a shortage of professional skills in certain sectors, UK employees still aren’t taking advantage of the increasingly open employment market.“With nearly three-quarters not pushing for more money, and with explanations ranging from fear of rejection to jeopardising their current roles, questions should be raised about whether UK employers are creating the right working environment for their employees to stay and seek progression.”last_img read more

US rules clarify incentive levels for wellness programmes

first_imgThe US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued final rules clarifying how Title 1 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) apply to workplace wellness programmes that offer incentives and request personal health information from employees and their spouses.This follows proposed rules in 2015 to address the issue as to whether offering an incentive to employees and dependents for the provision of health information undermines the voluntary status of corporate wellbeing programmes.Under the final ADA rule, wellness programmes that are part of a group health plan and ask questions about employees’ health or include medical examinations, may offer incentives of up to 30% of the total cost of self only coverage.The ADA rule requires all wellness programmes that obtain employee medical information to be voluntary, regardless of whether they are part of a group plan. Employers may not require employees to participate and cannot deny access to health coverage to employees who choose not to participate.Employers must also provide a notice to staff to explain what medical information will be obtained, how it will be used, and who will receive it.The final GINA ruling states that the maximum incentive permitted for a spouse’s participation may not exceed 30% of the cost of self only coverage. No incentives are allowed in exchange for current or past heath information of employees’ children or for specified genetic information of the employee and their family.This rule applies where a portion of the incentive offered is for an employees’ spouse to answer questions about their health or to undertake a medical examination.GINA also applies to all wellness programmes, whether or not they form part of a group health plan.Both final rules include data protection safeguards. Information from wellness programmes can only be disclosed to employers on an aggregate basis and employers cannot require employees or their families to agree to the sale, exchange, transfer or disclosure of health information to participate in a wellness programme or receive an incentive.The final rules will come into effect in 2017. Jenny Yang, chair at EEOC, said: “The EEOC received comments on both rules from a broad array of stakeholders and considered them carefully in developing this final rule. The commission worked to harmonise the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s (HIPAA) goal of allowing incentives to encourage participation in wellness programmes with ADA and GINA provisions that require that participation in certain types of wellness programmes is voluntary. These rules make clear that the ADA and GINA provide important safeguards to employees to protect against discrimination.”last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE 58 of baby boomers have never increased their workplace pension contributions

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: More than half (58%) of baby boomer respondents who are in a workplace pension scheme have never increased their workplace pension contributions, according to research by Chase de Vere.Its survey of 500 private sector employees aged between 51 and 70 also found that more than a third (36%) of respondents have not worked out how much income they need to live comfortably in retirement.The research also found:22% of respondents have a clear idea of how much income they will need in retirement to live comfortably, and 42% have a rough idea.34% of respondents are concerned that they will not have enough income to live on in retirement, taking into account all sources of income and savings, and 46% of respondents believe they will only have enough to live adequately.20% of respondents think they will have enough income in retirement to live comfortably.39% of respondents want to retire when they are aged between 61 and 65 years old, 29% when they are 66-70 years old, and 8% when they are over 70.32% of respondents expect to retire when they are 61-65 years old, 45% of respondents expect to retire when they are aged between 66 and 70, and 13% expect to retire when they are over 70.72% of respondents or their employer are currently paying into a workplace pension scheme.63% of respondents who are in a workplace pension scheme have not made any changes to the funds in which their pension savings are invested.Sean McSweeney (pictured), corporate advice manager at Chase de Vere, said: “We are facing a retirement time bomb with people living for longer and not saving enough for their own futures.“Our research paints a consistent picture of baby boomers not being able to retire when they want, not feeling confident about their retirement prospects and not being engaged with their pension arrangements. With many baby boomers being forced to work into later life, employers potentially face having an ageing workforce which can impact on both productivity and capability. A further concern is succession planning, which could be thrown into chaos, with the possible leeching of key talent to employers who have less of an issue.“This isn’t a problem for tomorrow; it is a problem for now. Employers need to act to drive engagement and, therefore, return on investment for their pension and benefits spend. Unless this is tackled, many employers are likely to face productivity and succession planning issues for many years to come.”last_img read more

Employment tribunal rules in favour of Addison Lee drivers in workerstatus case

first_imgThe Central London Employment Tribunal has ruled that three drivers working for car and courier organisation Addison Lee are employed as workers rather than independent contractors, and are therefore entitled to employment rights such as the national minimum wage and holiday pay.Lang, Olszeski and Morahan v Addison Lee, involved three drivers who commenced work with Addison Lee at different points during June 2014 and June 2015, who argued that they should be classified as workers rather than as self-employed independent contractors. This would then entitle them to receive the national minimum wage, holiday pay, and protection against contract termination for being trade union members under the Employment Rights Act 1996 and related legislation.The claimants contended that they worked personally for Addison Lee as drivers, using branded vehicles that they had to hire through an associated organisation of Addison Lee. Employment judge Pearl agreed with the drivers, stating that by logging on to the online handheld computer that the organisation used to allocate jobs, the claimants were undertaking to accept jobs being given to them, and were therefore performing driving services.Jobs allocated in this fashion by a controller had to be accepted, or drivers had to provide an acceptable reason as to why they would not accept the job. If the controller deemed the reason as unacceptable, then the matter would be referred to a supervisor. In addition, drivers had no control or knowledge over the fare that was agreed. Payments were made either directly to Addison Lee by card, or in a cash payment to the driver that had already been pre-agreed, with no option for negotiation or alterations.Addison Lee further supplied information to drivers regarding standards that the organisation suggested be adhered to via a contract, which was re-issued in May 2015. This included a short script that could be used with customers, topics of conversation and lines of inquiry that were suitable to discuss, as well as a stipulated dress code. A March 2013 car control manual additionally specifies penalties for failing to log on in a timely fashion for pre-bookings, for example, a six-month ban from accepting pre-booked jobs.The handheld computer device enabled drivers to notify the controller when they decided to take a break or go home and the drivers also had to notify the organisation if they planned on taking any holiday. If drivers were logged off from the computer for more than three to four days, Addison Lee would make contact with the driver to find out why. The organisation also required drivers to undertake a set amount of work a week, otherwise drivers would receive a £35 weekly service charge.Employment judge Pearl ruled in favour of the claimants, finding that the drivers are workers because there is a contractual obligation for the drivers to provide services. Furthermore, the Addison Lee vehicle could not be used for other commercial or income-related purposes, meaning that the drivers were not working for other organisations at the same time as working for Addison Lee.In the court documents Pearl said: “We have come to the view that the claimants were workers as defined. We agree that there must be a contractual obligation by the drivers to provide services. The statutory wording is that there must be a contract ‘whereby the individual undertakes to do or perform personally any work or services’ for the other party. This was clearly the case here whenever each driver logged on. Ignoring the period between ‘log ons’, the drivers, when they logged on, were undertaking to accept the driving jobs allocated to them. They were undertaking to perform driving services personally. No other conclusion is possible.“They could not use the vehicle for other commercial or income-earning purposes. They did not market their services to the world and, even had they set up in business as drivers with some other vehicle, that would not connote that Addison Lee, on these arrangements, was one of their customers or clients. These claimants derived their whole income from this driving work.“Logging on undoubtedly put the drivers at the respondent’s disposal and during logging on periods the drivers would not always be transporting a passenger. That is inherent in the work. If the driver chose to park a vehicle and remain logged on, [she or he] was no less at the disposal of Addison Lee.”Liana Wood, solicitor at law firm Leigh Day, which represented the drivers, said: “We are delighted that the employment tribunal has found in favour of our clients. This judgment acknowledges the central contribution that Addison Lee’s drivers have made to the success of the [organisation] by confirming that its drivers are not self-employed but that they work for Addison Lee as part of Addison Lee’s business.“Addison Lee advertises itself as a premium driving service and seeks to ensure that its drivers meet the high standard required for that premium service. However, Addison Lee drivers very often work very long hours, in excess of 60 hours a week, in order to just earn enough to cover their basic living costs.  Addison Lee has sought to deny its drivers the most basic workers’ rights, including to be paid the national minimum wage and to receive paid holiday.“This is a very important decision by the employment tribunal and will go some way to addressing these issues. This decision will not just have an impact on the thousands of Addison Lee drivers but, following on from the decision in Uber, on all workers in the so-called gig economy whose employers classify them as self-employed and deny them the rights to which they are entitled.“There will now be a further hearing in the employment tribunal to calculate the holiday and pay that the drivers should receive.”Addison Lee was unavailable for comment at time of publication.last_img read more

Carlsberg UK and Havas Media shortlisted for Best healthcare and wellbeing benefits

first_imgBrewery Carlsberg UK, media business Havas Media and construction manufacturer Saint-Gobain Weber are among the organisations shortlisted in the Best healthcare and wellbeing benefits, small employer category at the Employee Benefits Awards 2019.This accolade recognises the most effective healthcare and wellbeing strategies implemented by organisations with fewer than 1,000 employees.The full category shortlist is:Carlsberg UK, For a better today and tomorrowFire Security (Sprinkler Installations) (entered by Equipsme)Havas Media, Havas EqualiseOneWebSaint-Gobain WeberThe winning employer will be announced at this year’s Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party, hosted by popular actor and comedian Kerry Godliman.Held at The Pavilion at The Tower of London on Friday 7 June 2019, the awards ceremony will allow HR, reward and benefits professionals to recognise best practice and celebrate successes with peers and colleagues.The annual event, which will present awards across 20 different categories, includes a welcome drinks reception, gourmet three-course lunch and an afternoon summer party, where attendees can network while enjoying views of historic landmark The Tower of London.See the full shortlist.For more information or to book your table.last_img read more

Pedestrian struck and killed in NW MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A pedestrian was killed after being struck in the street in Northwest Miami-Dade.According to police, the pedestrian was struck near the intersection of Northwest 95th Street and Seventh Avenue, Thursday morning.Police blocked off the area in order to conduct an investigation, causing a slight delay in traffic.Police said the driver stayed on the scene and cooperated with officials.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Police investigate suspicious package found in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A suspicious package was found, Thursday morning, in Miami.Miami Police and bomb squad units investigated the suspicious package found in the area of Northwest Third Avenue and Third Street.The road was blocked off during the investigation, but has since cleared as of 12:10 p.m.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img