Off Beat Another chance for Navy veteran and pet Chance

first_imgThanks to two local Gold Star mothers, a veteran got his Chance … and Chance — a mixed-breed dog — got a second chance.Elizabeth Johnson and Wendy Campbell were part of the network that flew the service animal last week from Boston to Portland International Airport, where James Allensworth was waiting to meet him.Johnson’s son, Army Cpl. Jeremiah Johnson, died in 2007 as a result of injuries suffered while serving in Iraq. Johnson works for Horizon Air in their cargo freight facility at PDX.Campbell’s son, Army Pfc. Andrew Shields, was killed by a suicide car bomber in Afghanistan in 2008. The Battle Ground Gold Star mother also is part of a couple of animal-welfare networks. Campbell, an Army veteran herself, also is affiliated with the Patriot Guard Riders; so is Allensworth.After Allensworth put something up on a Patriot Guard Rider site, “one of them contacted me about finding Jimmy a service dog,” Campbell said.“I was on Facebook, talking about (post-traumatic stress disorder) and depression,” said Allensworth, a Tigard, Ore., resident who was in the Navy from 1978 to 1984. “The next thing, a Gold Star mom reaches out.”last_img read more

Genting Hong Kong prepares to sell remaining stake in Norwegian Cruise Line

first_img Load More Resorts World Manila operator announces plans to delist, go private In a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange overnight, Genting Hong Kong said that proceeds from the potential disposal would likely be used for the “purchase of property, plant and equipment such as construction of ships and funding new investments of the group should suitable opportunities arise.”Although it added that disposal of the remaining shares was not guaranteed, the company has already offloaded 22,250,000 NCLH shares since August in three separate disposals, reducing its stake in the process from a high of 11.13%. The most recent of those disposals came only last month with Genting Hong Kong offloading 4.26% for around US$543.6 million.“The group’s strategy has been to realize profits with cash inflow from realization of its investment in NCLH, which has come to the exit phase, and to capture return at opportune times, subject to favorable prevailing share prices and market sentiment,” Genting Hong Kong said. RelatedPosts Travellers International Hotel Group sets tender price for shares in privatization push Genting Hong Kong has flagged its intention to sell off its remaining stake in global cruise operator Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NCLH) after proposing a disposal mandate to shareholders.The disposal mandate would grant Genting Hong Kong permission to dispose of its shares at any time in the next 12 months in order to achieve the highest possible price. The company currently holds 3,148,307 shares in NCLH – equivalent to 1.40% of issued share capital – worth approximately US$168 million. New gaming space sees GGR soar at Resorts World Manila in 1H19last_img read more

Chairman Alvin Chau issues HK400 million loan to Suncity Group amid heavy

first_img Las Vegas Sands reaches new SG$4 billion loan agreements for Marina Bay Sands expansion Suncity Group Holdings Ltd has obtained a HK$400 million loan from its chairman Alvin Chau to help finance its next 12 months after booking a loss of RMB1.65 billion (HK$1.90 billion) for the six months to 30 June 2018.In its results announcement for the period, announced overnight, Suncity Group stated that its current liabilities now exceeded its current assets by RMB3 billion and its total liabilities exceeded its total assets by RMB1.89 billion. The company’s loss for the period, increased from a loss of RMB628.5 million in 1H17, was attributed to a change in the fair value of derivative financial instruments – related primarily to a previously issued convertible bond in the amount of HK$570,000 to Suncity Group’s majority shareholder Fame Select Limited, which is itself 50% owned by Chau.In order to cover for its growing losses, Suncity Group said overnight that it has since secured a loan of HK$400 million from “a related company which is beneficially owned by Mr Chau”, repayable over 60 months at 3.5% per annum. The group has already drawn down HK$176 million from the loan.Despite its growing debt, Suncity Group said, “Taking into account the financial resources of the group, including the financial support from Mr Chau, its controlling shareholder and facility of HK$400 million granted from a related company subsequent to the reporting period, the directors of the company are of the opinion that the group has sufficient working capital to meet in full its financial obligations as they fall due for at least the next 12 months from the end of the reporting period.”Losses aside, Suncity Group saw its revenue climb 25.8% in the six months to 30 June 2018 to RMB456.0 million on the back of 250% growth in its travel business, Sun Travel Ltd, to RMB250.8 million. Sun City Travel provides travel accommodation procurement and ferry ticketing to Chau’s Sun City Gaming Promotion Company Limited in Macau.The company also booked revenue for the first time from its resort management and consultancy services segment, totalling RMB8.5 million. Suncity Group last year entered into memorandums of understanding in relation to provision of management and consultancy services to two integrated resorts in Vietnam (Van Don Project and Hoi An Project) and a technical service agreement to provide pre-opening and technical services to the casinos and F&B facilities for Van Don Project in 2017. The group also entered into another technical services agreement in February 2018 for Hoi An Project Phase 1 development of Hoi An Project, which is expected to be completed by July 2019. Hoiana golf course to welcome first players from 23 September Load Morecenter_img RelatedPosts JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinnerlast_img read more

Landing seeks clarification on Manila IR land lease cancellation

first_img RelatedPosts Landing International rejects links to company found using IP to promote cryptocurrency Load More Duterte “regretted” running for President after Landing International’s 2018 Manila land lease scandal Mohegan appoints former Landing International executive Christian Block to oversee Korea, Canada operations Asian integrated resort developer and operator Landing International Development Ltd says it is “waiting for further clarification” on the future of its planned Manila integrated resort after the office of the Philippines President revealed over the weekend that the Department of Justice had ruled the company’s local land deal void.Harry Roque, the spokesman for the President, told local reporters on Friday that Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra had deemed Landing’s contract to lease a 95,700-square meter plot of land in Manila’s Entertainment City from Nayong Pilipino Foundation as invalid. “It characterized the contract as being ‘void ab initio’,” Roque said. “According to the Secretary of Justice, the contract of Landing with Nayong Pilipino is a build-operate-transfer contract disguised as a lease contract. Because it is a build-operate-transfer project, it should have complied with the BOT law including public bidding.”Approached by Inside Asian Gaming, a Landing International spokesperson said that the company had no comment at this stage while it sought further clarification on the issue.It follows President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to fire the entire board of Nayong Pilipino Foundation in early August, announcing their fate on the very same day that Landing held its groundbreaking ceremony for the US$1.5 billion project.Landing said at the time that it believed its 50-year lease deal to be “still valid and effective” and that it planned to push ahead with the project.“From the group’s view point, the recent decision of the Philippine Government to replace members of the NPF board of trustees did not affect the validity of the subject contract of lease,” the company added.Nayong Pilipino Foundation is accused of failing to open the land parcel up for public bidding and of granting Landing International a deal that was “grossly disadvantageous” to the government. The sacked Chairman of Nayong Pilipino Foundation, Patricia Ocampo, has denied there was any legal requirement for public bidding while insisting the lease rate was in line or higher than other land parcels in the Entertainment City precinct.Ocampo has been in the spotlight ever since the 7 August groundbreaking ceremony where she gave a welcome speech to guests despite having just been told of her fate, then broke down in tears moments later.last_img read more

Tribunal rules CitySprint courier is entitled to workers rights

first_imgThe London Central Employment Tribunal has ruled that a bicycle courier for logistics organisation CitySprint is a worker, and is therefore entitled to benefits such as holiday pay.In the case of Dewhurst v CitySprint UK, Dewhurst contended that she was employed as a worker rather than an independent contractor, and was therefore entitled to worker rights, such as holiday pay. Dewhurst, who has been accepting work from CitySprint UK for the past two years, was seeking payment for two days’ holiday she had taken.Dewhurst’s claim was supported by the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) and was heard at the London Central Employment Tribunal in November 2016.The Employment Tribunal’s decision, which was released on Friday 6 January 2017, found that the claimant Dewhurst was a worker during the hours that she provided services for CitySprint, and that CitySprint had unlawfully failed to pay her for two days’ holiday.Employment judge Wade found that CitySprint regulated the amount of work available to couriers, and from the time that Dewhurst signed on to the courier circuit in the morning until she signed off at night, she was not and could not meaningfully provide services to anyone else.Jon Katona, vice president at IWGB, said: “This is a huge victory for couriers, and workers everywhere who have been asked to sign their rights away for a job. And it’s a warning to other [organisations] that masquerading as a non-employer, or as a go-between for independent businessmen is over.”Dewhurst added: “The Tribunal has shown CitySprint’s operation to be wilfully exploitative, and fuelled by an absurd set of incentives. The reality of a courier’s working life has been exposed; it’s a tough, physically and mentally demanding job, in a low-pay sector, we are not high-flying entrepreneurial executives. CitySprint and its rivals have been using the excuse that their couriers are entrepreneurs for many years, but this was found to be an artificial construction, and that couriers are in a subordinate position.”A spokesperson at CitySprint said: “We are disappointed with [the] ruling. It is important to remember that this applies to a single individual and was not a test case.“We enjoy a good relationship with our fleet, many of whom have worked with us for some time, and [we] have always strived to help them maximise their earnings. Evidence presented at the tribunal confirmed that the vast majority of our couriers enjoy the freedom and flexibility of their current role.  As was clearly highlighted in this case, CitySprint is a good [organisation] that pays its couriers some of the best rates in the industry.“This case has demonstrated that there is still widespread confusion regarding this area of law, which is why we are calling on the government to provide better support and help for businesses across the UK who could be similarly affected.”last_img read more

2 arrested after police chase in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A police pursuit in Miami, Wednesday, led to the arrest of two robbery suspects.The chase led police east on Flagler Street, then south along 37th Avenue.The robbery suspects in the car bailed out at a construction site on Southwest 16th Street.Police said no one was hurt.The search continues for others who may have been in the vehicle.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

911 calls for fatal deputyinvolved shooting in Pompano Beach released

first_imgInvestigators said the subject’s niece told them he was drunk and had gotten “a little rowdy with me.”Authorities said both deputies who responded fired their weapons.Witnesses said they heard about five or six gunshots.Pompano Beach Fire Rescue responded and pronounced Gregory dead at the scene.On Sunday, dozens of “Black Lives Matter” protesters gathered at the scene of the shooting to demonstrate against the use of lethal force.The shooting remains under investigation. The deputies involved have been placed on administrative leave.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Newly released 911 calls that led Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies to open fire on a Pompano Beach man captured a frantic family member seeking help in what investigators described as a domestic disturbance.Deputies responded to a home near Northwest 14th Street and Third Avenue in Pompano Beach, Friday, just before 10 p.m. When they arrived, authorities said, they found 55-year-old Gregory Frazier in the yard holding a knife.His sister, Deborah Frazier, had made the call for help.Dispatcher: “911. What’s your emergency?”Deborah Frazier: “It’s an emergency. My (inaudible), he hit my, my … he’s trying to hurt my daughter and my son. He’s breaking up stuff in the house, right now!”Dispatcher: “And who is he?”Deborah Frazier: “Hurry up. Hurry up, please.” last_img read more

Police search for man accused of sexual battery and carjacking

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a man accused of raping a woman and stealing her car in Northwest Miami-Dade.According to officials, the subject, 43-year-old Calvin Thomas is a registered sex offender.It all happened Monday, along Northwest 95th Street and 21st Avenue.After the attack, officials said Thomas stole the victim’s gray four-door Mitsubishi Lancer.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.last_img

Teen faces judge for firing shots on South Beach

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A teen accused of firing bullets on South Beach made an appearance in court.Seventeen-year-old Horace Bernard Butler faced a judge in court, Wednesday. He faces several charges, including attempted second-degree murder.Officials may decide to prosecute him as an adult.According to police, Butler fired several shots outside of a cafe along Fifth Street and Ocean Drive, early Tuesday morning.No one was hurt in this case.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

MDC hosts 2017 Special Olympics qualifier

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami Dade College hosted a qualifier for the 2017 Special Olympics, Sunday.The event, which was sponsored by the David L. Singer Memorial Foundation and the North Miami Beach Optimist Club, drew almost 300 athletes who competed for a chance to represent their community.“It’s our qualifying game before these athletes have the opportunity to go to state games,” explained event organizer Bernadette Martin.“I can’t wait to go to Orlando to win my 24th gold medal,” said Florida State Champion James Brewster as he beamed with pride. “And I will bring home the gold. And I love my fans. I love my people.”Among the spectators cheering on the competitors were Miami Dolphins cheerleaders, Sebastian the Ibis and even Burnie from the Miami Heat.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more