Nate McMillan addresses Brandon Roy’s changing roleBy Matt CalkinsColumbian staff writerTUALATIN, Ore. — One day before Trail Blazers fans get to see how their team responds to falling down two games to none in the opening-round playoff series vs. Dallas, they waited to hear how coach Nate McMillan would respond to comments from Brandon Roy. McMillan played Roy for a season-low eight minutes Tuesday against the Mavericks, making him the last substitute off the bench and never leaving him on the court for more than three minutes, seven seconds.Roy finished with no points, rebounds or assists, and was 0 for 1 from the field and 0 for 2 from the free-throw line. The playing time was a stark contrast to the 27 minutes McMillan afforded Roy in Game 1 of the series, an amount that triggered wide criticism as Roy scored two points on 1-of-7 shooting. But Roy also is the former face of the franchise — a three-time All Star who’s just 26 years old and had visions of piling on more indelible moments to his illustrious career. So it’s not surprising to hear that he was fighting back tears Tuesday given his extremely limited role. “There was a point in the first half, and I was thinking ‘You better not cry,’ ” Roy told the Oregonian. “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little hurt, or disappointed, but the biggest thing is to keep moving, to try and keep my spirits up. But it’s tough, man. I just . . . I just always thought I would be treated better.”
FORKS, Wash. (AP) — A prisoner who escaped from the Olympic Corrections Center near Forks Saturday is still at large, but operations at the prison have returned to normal.The Department of Corrections says the lockdown ended Tuesday at the prison that houses 375 inmates.Guards and police are still looking for 27-year-old Darby R. Maguire who was last seen headed to a track outside the fence for recreation time. He was serving time for assault and robbery convictions in Whatcom County.
The Vancouver City Council passed a resolution of concern Monday about proposed coal export terminal projects targeting the Pacific Northwest, asking for a cumulative look at their impacts, and requesting to be a part of any environmental impact reviews.As many as six coal export terminals are being planned for sites from Bellingham to Coos Bay, Ore. The terminals would accept coal brought by train and barge from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana, and ship the product to east Asia.Both BNSF Railway and Union Pacific trains run through Vancouver, which could see at least 20 additional mile-and-a-half-long trains a day should export terminals go online. Barge traffic would also increase on the Columbia River.The city’s four-page resolution asks the state of Washington for three major outcomes:• That Vancouver become a party of record to any environmental studies for coal export terminals in Oregon and Washington.• That there be a cumulative, area-wide analysis of the impacts of those terminals.• That at least one public hearing on each environmental impact statement be held in Clark County.Vancouver, like other local governments, has little say in the approval process for the coal terminals. But the city has joined a host of Pacific Northwest neighborhoods, cities and counties asking for a role in the environmental review of them.The city council largely side-stepped the possibility of making any statements for or against coal, but did say that questions about the terminal’s impacts on Vancouver need to be answered.
WENATCHEE — Authorities in central Washington ordered a new round of evacuations Wednesday near a surging wildfire, as firefighters worked to better control the blaze before thunderstorms swept through the region.The fire danger was expected to remain high in Eastern Washington through Thursday amid the threat of lightning strikes from thunderstorms and gusty winds.The Colockum Tarps Fire south of Wenatchee was burning across 93 square miles of grass, sagebrush and timber in Chelan and Kittitas counties, and winds from the east were pushing the blaze into timber to the west.The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office ordered residents of about 75 homes and cabins to evacuate Wednesday, and several recreation areas were closed, fire officials said.In addition, a horse and Bible camp with 40 horses and eight children was evacuated, the Ellensburg Daily Record reported.The fire was about a half mile from the Wild Horse Wind Farm, which was closed to the public.About 370 firefighters were working to control the blaze, which was 8 percent contained, fire officials said.Goldendale blazeNear Goldendale, firefighters gained ground on a blaze that had closed U.S. Highway 97 for days. The Mile Marker 28 Fire was 60 percent contained. The Washington Department of Transportation reopened the highway Wednesday, with pilot cars leading vehicles through the fire area. Delays of up to one hour were expected.
Seahawks soar to NFC titleSEATTLE — Richard Sherman did a CenturyLink Leap. Golden Tate grabbed a 12th Man flag and circled the field with it.Even team owner Paul Allen made an appearance and gave a victory speech.The Seattle Seahawks are headed to the Big Apple for the Super Bowl.“To see all our work that we put in — the mornings, the nights, the weights, all your life, as a young player and in the NFL,” Malcolm Smith said after his end zone interception with 22 seconds remaining clinched the 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. “It’s amazing.”Seattle’s top-ranked defense forced three fourth-quarter turnovers, and Russell Wilson threw a 35-yard touchdown pass on fourth down for the winning points. Seattle will meet Denver (15-3) for the NFL title in two weeks in the New Jersey Meadowlands. It’s the first trip to the big game for the Seahawks (15-3) since they lost to Pittsburgh after the 2005 season. The conference champs had the best records in the league this year, the second time the top seeds have gotten to the Super Bowl in 20 seasons. It also is a classic confrontation of Denver’s record-setting offense led by Peyton Manning against the NFL’s stingiest defense. Denver opened as a 1-point favorite over Seattle on the Glantz-Culver Line.“It will be a great matchup,” coach Pete Carroll said. “I think it’s an extraordinary opportunity to go against a guy that set all the records in the history of the game.”Moments after Sherman tipped Colin Kaepernick’s pass to Smith for the interception, the All-Pro cornerback jumped into the stands behind the end zone, saluting the Seahawks’ raucous fans. With 12th Man flags waving everywhere, and “New York, New York” blaring over the loudspeakers, CenturyLink Field rocked like never before.
SEATTLE — Researchers at Washington State University are working on a breath test to determine if a driver is under the influence of marijuana.The News Tribune reports that law enforcement officers have a test for alcohol, but they don’t have a tool to test for marijuana impairment. Right now, officers must use blood tests to determine if THC is present in a driver’s blood.But WSU chemistry professor Herbert Hill says existing technologies like those used by airport security agents to detect drugs and explosives can be altered to test breath for THC. Hill says his team hopes to start testing on humans early next year. The Washington State Patrol says it welcomes anything that gets impaired drivers off the road.
PORTLAND — The Trail Blazers scored another win against a Western Conference contender, even though the win came with a caveat and a cost. Behind 21 points, a career-high 10 rebounds and six assists from Damian Lillard, the Blazers defeated a short-handed San Antonio Spurs squad 108-95 Monday at the Moda Center. But starting center Robin Lopez left the game in the third quarter with a right hand injury and did not return. Terry Stotts said he would be out “a while” with a fractured hand. “I haven’t seen the play,” said Lopez, with a cast covering his right hand. “I think it’s a couple of fractures.”Lopez said he thought he jammed his finger before determining he was a liability on the court and asked out of the game. While he thinks there could be multiple fractures, he will be re-evaluated Tuesday. “I don’t like it,” said LaMarcus Aldridge, who finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds. “With him out tonight and going forward, other people, whether it’s Thomas (Robinson) or Joel (Freeland) or Meyers (Leonard) or Dorell (Wright), we have to pick up the slack while he’s gone,” Stotts said. Wesley Matthews added: “Our paint is definitely going to have to get tighter. We are going to have to sure up our defense on-ball because we won’t have the rim protector like RoLo.”
RelatedPosts Load More Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August It is “only a matter of time” before Australian lawmakers act to make online gambling legal, according to leading authorities in the field.Speaking at this week’s Gaming, Racing and Wagering Australia (GRWA) conference in Sydney, GamePlan Consultants founder Sudhir Kalé said that he expects authorities to revisit Australia’s Interactive Gambling Act in the near future in order to alleviate the prevalence of Australians using illegal offshore gaming sites and to boost tax revenue. Under current laws, online gaming in Australia is restricted primarily to a handful of licensed sports betting sites. Daily Fantasy Sports giant DraftKings has also been granted a license to offer its services to Australia, however casino gaming and online poker remain frozen out as per a tightening of the Interactive Gambling Act in late 2017.“In my opinion, it is only a matter of time before online gaming becomes legal in Australia,” Kalé told industry representatives during a presentation at GRWA on Tuesday.“That’s the logical step to avoid losing valuable tax revenue to offshore operators and it’s what the Productivity Commission has recommended.”Kalé’s prediction also received support from the Executive Director of the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation Queensland, Michael Sarquis.Asked for his thoughts on the issue, Sarquis told Inside Asian Gaming, “If you prohibit something you create a black market and that has been one of the concerns in Australia – that the offshore provision of online gambling has been a problem. The Commonwealth is moving to address that.“It’s my personal view that at some time in the future (online gaming) will be legalized within a properly regulatory framework. That’s not the view of the Queensland government, it’s just personal view.” Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm
Melco International Development grants Evan Winkler HK$269 million share options Jan Jones Blackhurst to leave executive role, join Caesars Board of Directors Melco Resorts & Entertainment has launched Macau’s largest fleet of zero-emission electric buses, with 20 buses put into service in collaboration with manufacturer Zhengzhou Yutong Bus Company Limited (Yutong).The bus service will operate between Melco’s trio of Macau integrated resorts – City of Dreams, Studio City and Altira Macau. Load More “Melco are strong advocates of the Macau government’s policies to develop the city into a world-class capital for green tourism,” said the company’s Executive Vice President, Chief Officer of Human Resources and Corporate Social Responsibility, Akiko Takahashi.“With strong support from Yutong, with whom we share the same vision on sustainable development, Melco is pleased to service our guests, colleagues and stakeholders with our fleet of 20 full electric buses, the largest number in Macau. We look forward to continuing to develop our strategies and efforts for a better environment.”The launch ceremony was attended by MGTO Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Assistant Director-General of Economic Affairs Department of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao SAR Xu Jun, head of Research and Investigation Department of the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau Chan Ioc Sut, Li Weng Hong from DSAT and representatives from the management teams of Melco and Yutong. RelatedPosts Melco Resorts distances itself from Chairman’s father, Dr Stanley Ho, amid inquiry into Crown Resorts acquisition
Macau-based electronic gaming machine service provider Success Dragon has reported a 21.9% decline in revenue to HK$87.8 million for the year ended 31 March 2019, however the company saw its losses narrow significantly over the same period.Net loss attributable to owners of the company was HK$38.9 million, narrowed from HK$131.6 million, due to a decrease in operating and administrative expenses and a decrease in accounting loss from the impairment of assets. Success Dragon currently operates four business segments of which the provision of outsourced business process management for electronic gaming machines in Macau comprised 98.7% of group revenue for the period. Revenue from this key segment declined 19.0% in FY19 to HK$86.7 million as a result of the cessation of one of the company’s operating outlets at the Landmark Macau, which was sold by Macau Legend Development Ltd during the year.Success Dragon’s other business segments are information technology services, money lending and packaged products. JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August RelatedPosts Load More Aristocrat wins battle over intellectual property rights with US$3 million settlement
The Co-operative Group’s chief executive has requested a 60% cut to his total remuneration package.Richard Pennycook (pictured) will see his base salary reduce from £1.25m to £750,000 from July 2016.From 2017, the maximum annual incentive plan award will fall from 100% of base salary to 40% of base salary, and the maximum long-term incentive plan payment will reduce from 100% to 50% of base salary.In addition, pension changes, which lower the executive pension benefit allowance from 16% to a maximum of 10% of base salary in order to bring it in line with the rest of the group’s workforce, mean Pennycook’s maximum total remuneration package will decrease by more than 60%.Pennycook’s remuneration package totalled £3.59m in 2015.Allan Leighton, independent non-executive chair at the Co-operative Group, has donated his £250,000 salary to the Co-operative Community Investment Charity.According to the organisation’s Annual results 2015 report, no increases to base salaries were awarded to group executives in 2015 and no increases will be made in 2016.Simon Walker, director general at the Institute of Directors, said: “The Co-operative Group has had a very difficult couple of years, culminating in a radical restructuring of the business. During this time Pennycook has had to work hard to get the Co-op back on track. His pay reflected this additional work.“Now this has finished, he has taken it upon himself to ensure that his salary reflects the work that will be required of him going forward. This is refreshing and should be seen as a lesson for other businesses.”
The Supreme Court has ruled that, in Pimlico Plumbers and Charlie Mullins v Gary Smith, Smith qualifies as a worker, dismissing an appeal put forward by Pimlico Plumbers and its CEO and founder, Charlie Mullins.Between August 2005 and April 2011, Smith worked for Pimlico Plumbers as a plumbing and heating engineer. In August 2011, Smith issued proceedings before the employment tribunal, alleging unfair dismissal, unlawful deduction from his wages, unpaid statutory annual leave and discrimination on the basis of disability.The tribunal decided that Smith had not been an employee, and therefore could not claim unfair dismissal, but that he could be classed as a ‘worker’ under the Employment Rights Act 1996 and Working Time Regulations 1998, and had been in employment for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010.Pimlico Plumbers and Mullins appealed this decision in the Court of Appeal, and when unsuccessful appealed to the Supreme Court.The Supreme Court judgment, which was handed down today (13 June 2018), confirms that Smith is to be classed as a worker, as per the decision of the employment tribunal.The Court noted that the tribunal was legitimate in its finding that there was an umbrella contract between the parties. Smith was party to certain freedoms, such as accepting outside work, but the organisation held tight control over administrative aspects of his work, his attire, pay, and his working activities following termination.Tim Goodwin, associate at Winckworth Sherwood, explained: “As a business, you cannot expect to exercise complete control over your staff [and] at the same time deny that they are workers, or even employees. In this case, the individual had to wear a uniform, work a 40-hour week, was subject to disciplinary rules and was limited in who he could work for after he had left. This gave Pimlico Plumbers enormous control over his activities. But it also significantly undermined Pimlico Plumbers’ key contention that he was self-employed.”The judgment concludes that Pimlico Plumbers cannot be regarded as a client or customer of Smith, and that his claims can therefore proceed to be heard.Mullins responded: “The shame of all this is that it is generally accepted that current employment law is not fit for purpose, and needs to be changed. But when it’s put to the test in our highest court there isn’t even the slightest suggestion that there is a problem that needs to be addressed. “This was a poor decision that will potentially leave thousands of companies, employing millions of contractors, wondering if one day soon they will get nasty surprise from a former contractor demanding more money, despite having been paid in full years ago. It can only lead to a tsunami of claims.”Michelle Morgan, employment solicitor and senior associate at Gardner Leader solicitors, added: “The Supreme Court’s ruling will have big ramifications for other high-profile employment cases that are coming through the courts.“Businesses will need to alter their models to minimise the risk of worker status being invoked and the rights that accompany such status. The decision is an important one as on the one hand there is the need to protect the rights of those who work in the gig economy, [while] preserving the ethos of such a business model, with flexibility being at the heart of it.”Susannah Kintish, employment partner at law firm Mishcon de Reya, which was instructed by the appellants, said: “This judgment does not lay down any new principles of law around worker status. Instead, all eyes will be on the government as businesses await legislation on how to categorise their workforce, something which could still be a matter of years away. In the meantime, the gig economy continues to evolve and existing employment law is rendered increasingly unfit for purpose.”
Marketing technology organisation Mention Me has appointed Valerie Mann as its new head of people.In this role, Mann, who has 24 years of HR experience and can speak three languages, will be responsible for overseeing the growth of Mention Me’s team.Mann has expertise in remote and international management, mergers and acquisitions, as well as development and organisational work.Previously, Mann worked as HR director, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and HR director, Europe at HomeAway.com, EMEA HR specialists at RSA and European HR officer at Sotheby’s.
We have ☝️word to describe @selenagomez … STUNNING! 👌#RevivalTourMiami pic.twitter.com/oZbXf8b6ge— AA Arena (@AAarena) June 12, 2016Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The spotlight shined on Selena Gomez as she took the American Airlines Arena by storm, Saturday.The pop star brought her Revival Tour to the Downtown Miami venue for one night only. Joe Jonas and DNCE served as the night’s opening act.Gomez promised to donate a portion of ticket sales to the Alliance for Lupus Research. Last October. she announced that she had been diagnosed with the disease.
“With this happening during the week of Thanksgiving, it is yet another reminder to give thanks to those who served and continue to serve our country,” said Dr. Ira Zaslow. “We are so thankful that Maggie is beginning to recover and hope she will be able to return home soon.”Brophy said he is grateful to have his four-legged best friend on the mend.“When you go through a trauma like this, it is so helpful to have an amazing team of people like those at Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists,” Brophy said. “I couldn’t be more thankful for the help, love and support that I have received since the accident and that she is beginning to recover.”To help support The Pet’s Tree of Hope, visit www.lauderdalevets.com.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A retired Navy SEAL’s service dog is recovering after being badly injured by a speeding truck in Fort Lauderdale.John Brophy was with his service dog, Maggie, on Las Olas Isle on Tuesday when a truck struck the dog, causing extensive damage to her hind leg.Brophy and a nearby neighbor rushed Maggie to Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists, where she was immediately admitted to the ICU.“When Maggie arrived, she was in severe shock and an immense amount of pain,” veterinarian Dr. Jenessa Grau said. “Her back left leg was significantly damaged and even showed missing bones in x-rays.”Doctors had to amputate Maggie’s leg the next day. The dog is still recovering in the ICU.Although the animal hospital gives a discount to military members, Brophy could not afford the significant cost of Maggie’s care.Lauderdale Veterinary Services created The Pet’s Tree of Hope fund last year, which helps pay for lifesaving treatment for pets when their owners cannot afford the entire cost. Doctors decided to pay for the balance of Maggie’s bills through the fund.
The other officer then tried to use his Taser on Abbot, but it didn’t work.That’s where the video picks up — you can see both officers punching and kicking Abbot.The video then shows one of the officers backing up and kicking him.A police spokesperson later confirmed that Lakeland Police officers are trained to back away from a subject when another officer uses a Taser.“He backed up, he saw this guy grab … and this is all within a second, the officer went to shoot again,” said Lakeland Police Sgt. Gary Gross. “The reason for the officer backing up was so he didn’t get tased, and then he kicked the guys arm so he would let go of the Taser, and that worked. That probably saved the officers’ lives. If that guy would have had the Taser and pointed it at an officer, it would’ve incapacitated him and he could’ve got their gun.”Abbot now faces charges for trespassing and resisting with violence.Lakeland Police released a picture of Abbot after the arrest with red marks on his chest and stomach. He was taken to the hospital to be checked out and is expected to be OK. This incident remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. LAKELAND, Fla. (WSVN) — A Florida police department is facing criticism over a video that showed officers using what some would call excessive force.Officers with the Lakeland Police Department could be seen on video repeatedly hitting a man on the ground who was sleeping under an I-4 overpass in Central Florida. However, the department said there’s another side to the story.Overnight, Lakeland Police released a statement addressing the video that shows officers punching and kicking a man, identified as Justin Abbot, who they were trying to restrain.The officers said they were checking the well-being of a man who was sleeping under an I-4 overpass.They said when they told the 38-year-old that he needed to move, he refused, even though he was warned he could be arrested for trespassing.That’s when the two officers tried to restrain Abbot, who decided to fight backAccording to police, Abbot pushed one officer, causing both to fall to the ground.
Kalmbach Publishing Company, the Waukesha, WI-based enthusiast publisher that purchased Discover Magazine last August, has assigned ad sales responsibilities to rep firm James G. Elliott, Co., which will also handle research services and marketing support.Editorial operations for Discover remain in New York City. Kalmbach, which publishes 15 magazines including Astronomy, Model Railroader and Cabin Life, beat out a round of other bidders for Discover, which generates about $14 million per year.
Cyndi Stivers is no longer part of the Time Inc. digital team.In the wake of four other major digital departures (including chief digital office Randall Rothenberg, CEO Jack Griffin, digital president Kirk McDonald and Ken Fuchs, vice president of digital distribution and emerging platforms), Stivers will remain in a consulting role with Time Inc., according to adweek.com.Griffin was ousted from his role of CEO in February after joining the Time Inc. team in August. Rothenberg, who began work with Time Inc. in mid-December, left the company for former employer IAB in February to act as president and chief executive officer. Fuchs moved on to Yahoo Inc., where he currently oversees its sports, games and entertainment online properties.Stivers, who began with Time Inc. in 2008 as managing editor for EW.com, previously served as EVP with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Stivers is also a former president of American Society of Magazine Editors.
Bisnow was frustrated by its original provider’s lack of API support. When customers clicked on an event registration button, they were taken to that vendor’s platform to complete the sale. “They made the process so antiquated because they don’t use APIs that connect the business to other e-commerce opportunities,” says Will Friend, Bisnow’s co-COO. Going forward, Bisnow will roll out more paid content products to sell on its new platform and Friend hints that there’s an opportunity to license the underlying tech to other market verticals. “This platform could be used for any event vertical, not just commercial real estate,” he says. “However, we are laser focused right now on what we do best, putting our great content through innovative products and events in our short and snappy yet informative style.” Prior to Bisnow.com’s relaunch, the company’s content strategy was largely carried by events and e-newsletters. Now, as readers arrive at the site to read articles, the company can contextualize event registration offers. From any device, a subscriber reading a story about the multifamily real estate boom in Texas will not only see other recommended content, but events in that region on the same topic. The company also champions a strategic agenda that aims to apply a B2C experience in a B2B context. “We’ve always believed it’s crazy that the user experience in B2C is always better than B2B,” adds Friend. The project, which meant ditching its existing ticketing provider and investing in the low six figures for tech and a small team of developer hires, is rolling out on a market-by-market basis over the coming weeks. All 28 markets Bisnow targets are expected to be fully functional by the end of May. The home-grown commerce platform has emerged from a new web-centric strategy the company officially unveiled with its redesigned site last October, which incorporated content formats—like listicles and explanatory news—inspired by Vox, Buzzfeed, Business Insider and other B2C digital content sites. “And it’s not just tickets,” says Friend. “We also sell educational videos and research reports. The new platform gives us the ability to sell everything in one place rather than having different windows popping up.” Bisnow, a B2B media company targeting commercial real estate executives, has launched a custom-built, event ticketing platform that pulls double-duty as a broader e-commerce solution. The company, which produces about 240 events per year across the country, needed a platform that could seamlessly sell tickets to attendees while also offering them opportunities to buy other content products.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Language in the House and Senate versions of legislation to overhaul the No Child Left Behind law would require states for the first time to track the academic progress of military children. Tracking the performance of military children in school would help policymakers assess whether the nation’s education laws are working, said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who sponsored an amendment in committee in April to add a military child identifier to the Senate bill.The House passed its version of the bill replacing the current K-12 education law last week; the Senate is debating its measure this week. Both versions contain language requiring states to collect data on military children, reported Military Times.“A military student identifier will let us know how military kids are doing in school and enable communities to develop programs and resources to help kids succeed, said Eileen Huck, government relations deputy director for the National Military Family Association.“Common sense tells us that kids are affected by their parents’ military service. However, currently there’s no data to tell us how the military lifestyle impacts kids’ academic achievement,” Huck said.The Pentagon has been encouraging states to gather data on the educational outcomes of military children to help officials develop policy and education initiatives to benefit them, according to the story. To date, 15 states have adopted some sort of policy to identify military children as a subgroup in data collection, according to DOD’s USA4MilitaryFamilies.org website.