Lawmakers Budget action cant wait

first_imgThe three Clark County legislators who serve on the state’s Economic and Revenue Forecast Council agreed Thursday that action on the ballooning state deficit can’t wait until the Legislature convenes in January for its 2011 session.State economist Arun Raha predicted that the state will collect $1.2 billion less than expected through June 2013, widening the revenue gap both for the current fiscal year and for the next biennium.Local lawmakers differed, however, on exactly what should be done, and when.“I think we’re going to have to do a special session,” said state Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama. “I think it would be best done when the House convenes for assembly days on (December) 9th and 10th. The budget-writers need to be working on proposals between now and then.”During a special session, lawmakers could make adjustments to the controversial 6.3 percent across-the-board cuts already ordered by Gov. Chris Gregoire, said Orcutt, the ranking Republican on the House Finance Committee. “I would not call for a special session right now,” said state Sen. Craig Pridemore, D-Vancouver, a member of the budget-writing Senate Ways and Means Committee. “I would call all the budget-writers together in the House and Senate, all four caucuses and the governor’s office, and come up with a proposal that both parties can sign off on. As soon as we get agreement, we should call a special session.”last_img read more

Man in 40s robs Orchards bank

first_imgA man in his 40s carrying a black bag robbed the Orchards branch of U.S. Bank shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday.The robber entered the bank at 6407 N.E. 117th Ave. and demanded cash and received some. He did not show a weapon, according to police radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.He was described as wearing a blue button-up shirt, black pants and a baseball cap. He may have had acne scars on his face. He was variously reported as a white man and possibly of mixed race. He might have been driving an older white Honda.Sheriff’s deputies searched the area with a police dog.No arrests had been made as of Tuesday night, Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Tony Barnes said.last_img

Rebels seize Gadhafis compound

first_imgTRIPOLI, Libya — Hundreds of Libyan rebels stormed Moammar Gadhafi’s compound Tuesday, charging wildly through the symbolic heart of the crumbling regime as they killed loyalist troops, looted armories and knocked the head off a statue of the besieged dictator. But they found no sign of the man himself.The storming of Bab al-Aziziya, long the nexus of Gadhafi’s power, marked the effective collapse of his 42-year-old regime. But with Gadhafi and his powerful sons still unaccounted for — and gun battles flaring across the nervous city — the fighters cannot declare victory.Hours after the battle erupted, a pro-Gadhafi TV channel quoted the Libyan leader as saying he retreated from his Tripoli compound in a “tactical move” after 64 NATO airstrikes turned it to rubble. Al-Rai TV said Wednesday it would air the comments in full and reported an excerpt in which Gadhafi vowed his forces would resist “the aggression with all strength” until either victory or death.His government’s chief spokesman also managed to get word out in a phone interview with the same station, promising “we will be back to take Tripoli back.”The rebel force entered the compound after fighting for five hours with Gadhafi loyalists outside, using mortars, heavy machine guns and anti-aircraft guns. They killed some of those who defended the compound and hauled off thousands of rifles, crates of weapons and trucks with guns mounted on the back in a frenzy of looting.last_img read more

UPDATE Power mostly restored after earlier outages

first_imgUPDATE: Clark Public Utilities reported at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday that power had been mostly restored across Clark County. Only about 50 customers remained without power at that time, according to the utility.More than 1,200 residents near Battle Ground and the surrounding area were without power Tuesday afternoon as blustery weather continues to blow through Southwest Washington.The outage occurred just after 1 p.m., and affected 1,217 Clark Public Utilities customers, said spokeswoman Erica Erland. The area lost power because of two downed lines in the area, she said. The utility hadn’t determined a specific cause right away, but chances are it was weather-related — heavy rains and wind have pounded the Northwest for most of the day.The large outage followed multiple smaller outages in Clark County earlier Tuesday, Erland said, caused by either wind or falling trees and limbs. As of 2 p.m., the agency reported 1,315 total customers without power in the county.It’s unclear when the Battle Ground outage will be fixed, Erland said.To report an outage, residents can call Clark Public Utilities’ automated system at 360-992-8000.last_img read more

Strictly Business Teamwork can benefit businesses

first_imgWhen he grew tired of new customers expressing surprise at finding his hardware store in the heart of Woodland, Tom Golik figured it was time to raise downtown’s profile. He pulled together a small group of civic-minded citizens, talked to leaders in city government and at the Port of Woodland, and helped launch an organization called Downtown Woodland Revitalization.That was in September 2000. Last month Golik, now retired, put out word that he and the remaining handful of downtown activists were too few, and too weary, to continue. The organization will remain active and continue a summer concert series, according to its simple new release, but will pare down its meeting schedule and reduce its work “because of a lack of active members.”Certainly, plenty of work remains. Woodland, mostly located in Cowlitz County, is on no one’s must-see list with its sleepy downtown and its distinctly local hangout Horseshoe Lake. While downtown’s established businesses are holding their own, Golik concedes the city has had little success in attracting new retail businesses or offices to increase downtown traffic.The Woodland association’s search for new blood is common for business and civic organizations that prosper only when good, hard-working people are willing to give the precious commodity of their personal time. In Woodland’s case, Golik says prospective volunteers are discouraged by the amount of time it takes to get things done in the community — the association worked for eight years on securing new public restrooms for downtown, he says.But the association’s troubles go much deeper: the downtown business owners who are the direct beneficiaries of local improvements have sat on the sidelines, Golik says, while others have devoted their time to such civic improvements as downtown flower baskets, streetscape upgrades, Hoffman Plaza improvements, and the “Hot Summer Nights” concert series.last_img read more

Immigration agency cranks up its audits

first_imgSEATTLE — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reached its highest number yet of companies audited for illegal immigrants on their payrolls this past fiscal year.Audits of employer I-9 forms increased from 250 in fiscal year 2007 to more than 3,000 in 2012. From fiscal years 2009 to 2012, the total amount of fines grew to nearly $13 million from $1 million. The number of company managers arrested has increased to 238, according to data provided by ICE.The investigations have been one of the pillars of President Barack Obama’s immigration policy.When Obama recently spoke about addressing immigration reform in his second term, he said any measure should contain penalties for companies that purposely hire illegal immigrants. It’s not a new stand, but one he will likely highlight in efforts to revamp the nation’s immigration system.“Our goal is compliance and deterrence,” said Brad Bench, special agent in charge at ICE’s Seattle office. “The majority of the companies we do audits on end up with no fines at all, but again it’s part of the deterrence method. If companies know we’re out there, looking across the board, they’re more likely to bring themselves into compliance.”Advocates say the audits have pushed workers further underground in mass layoffs, and have disrupted business practices.When the ICE audit letter arrived at Belco Forest Products, management wasn’t entirely surprised. Two nearby businesses in Shelton, a small timber town on a bay off Puget Sound, had already been investigated.last_img read more

Pope Benedict XVI defrocked 400 priests in 2 years

first_imgVATICAN CITY — A document obtained by The Associated Press on Friday shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years for molesting children.The statistics for 2011-12 show a dramatic increase over the 171 priests removed in 2008 and 2009, when the Vatican first provided details on the number of priests who have been defrocked. Prior to that, it had only publicly revealed the number of alleged cases of sexual abuse it had received.The document was prepared from data the Vatican had been collecting to help the Holy See defend itself before a U.N. committee this week in Geneva.Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican’s U.N. ambassador in Geneva, referred to just one of the statistics in the course of eight hours of oftentimes pointed criticism and questioning from the U.N. human rights committee. The statistics were compiled from the Vatican’s own annual reports about the activities of its various offices, including the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which handles sex abuse cases. Although public, the annual reports are not readily available or sold outside Rome and are usually found in Vatican offices or Catholic university libraries.last_img read more

Search for mudslide missing comes down to digging

first_imgLocal relief effortStaff and volunteers at this weekend’s Vancouver Farmers Market will be raising money for disaster relief efforts in Oso.The market will give all proceeds from parking lot donations to the Mt. Rainier chapter of the American Red Cross, which is organizing shelter, food and basic health services for the communities near Oso.More information on the relief efforts is available at:http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Red-Cross-Responds-to-Washington-Mudslide.OLYMPIA (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee is asking for an expansion of a federal emergency declaration the state received earlier this week in response to a devastating mudslide that has killed at least two dozen people and left many missing.Inslee issued the request Thursday for additional help that would come from an expanded declaration, including helping local and state government agencies recover a portion of the estimated $4.5 million expected to be spent on emergency response, protective measures and debris removal related to Saturday’s mudslide in Oso. The current declaration that was received Monday provided federal disaster teams, other personnel and equipment.State and Snohomish County officials are also assembling data needed in advance of the governor requesting a major disaster declaration from the president that would make programs and money available to people and businesses directly impacted by the slide. Inslee’s office says that request is expected in the next few days.SEATTLE (AP) — Seismometers showed no earthquake triggered Saturday’s landslide at Oso, but seismic signals show there were two major slides during the event, about four minutes apart.last_img read more

Imperial Pacific to pay US336 million fine for labor violations

first_imgThe consent judgement, filed in the District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands, was signed this week by IPI Chairwoman Cui Li Jie, according to a report by Marianas Variety.Under the judgement, IPI will also “amend [its] payroll practices and require all contractors to amend and maintain their payroll practices by paying all employees an hourly rate in compliance with minimum wage and overtime provision of the labor law.”The US$3.36 million payment includes US$1.58 million for back wages, US$1.58 million for liquidated damages and US$200,000 for civil monetary penalties, to be paid in three separate payments in December 2019, 2020 and 2021.IPI recently warned it could miss its latest February 2021 construction deadline due to ongoing labor shortages at Imperial Pacific Resort. Imperial Pacific adds to Board of Directors as regulator looks to impose US$375,000 fine for late license fee payment RelatedPosts Calls for 10% gaming tax renewed as report reveals Imperial Pacific tax payments of just US$21,000 in 2019 Imperial Pacific International will pay US$3.36 million in back wages, liquidated damages and civil monetary penalties to the US Department of Labor following the latter’s investigations into labor violations on the site of IPI’s under-construction Saipan integrated resort.The violations, committed by IPI’s contractors, relate to a failure to pay minimum wages or overtime and to maintain satisfactory records during a near two-year period from January 2016 to December 2017. Load More Imperial Pacific pays remaining US$10.5 million balance on annual license feelast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE RESEARCH 24 offer financial wellbeing support

first_imgEmployee Benefits will be hosting a live webinar, Employee Benefits Wired: the changing pensions landscape, at 1pm on Tuesday 1 December. Tune in to EB TV to watch the session and send your questions by tweeting #EBWired. Despite major reforms to how employees can access pension savings with the introduction of pension flexibilities in April 2015, many respondents are not seeking to address financial wellbeing as part of their overall employee wellbeing strategy.Just 24% of employers offer some, or all, of their employees financial wellbeing support, according to the Employee Benefits/Close Brothers Pensions research 2015. The wider variety of options now available to employees, however, may mean that more now require some support from their employer.Although 42% of the 145 respondents do not include financial support in their wellbeing strategy, the proportion of employers that do so may well increase, with approximately a third of respondents (32%) currently reviewing this or putting plans in place.The 77 respondents that include, or are considering including, a focus on financial wellbeing rank it as one of the top four key wellbeing issues, behind physical health and wellbeing, stress and mental wellbeing.Yet, respondents expect that staff will have to work for longer in order to rely on their current assets in retirement. Two-thirds of respondents (67%) believe this will be the case in their organisation, while only 26% expect staff will save more.last_img read more

Dozens protest after BSO deputys charges dropped in fatal shooting

first_imgOAKLAND PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – Dozens of protesters took to the streets of Oakland Park to call for change after a court’s decision about a 2013 police-involved shooting.Demonstrators chanted as they marched down North Dixie Highway on Sunday. They were protesting the decision to drop manslaughter charges against Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputy Peter Peraza after, authorities said, he shot and killed Jermaine McBean, a black man who was holding an air rifle.A judge said Peraza acted in self-defense, but the victim’s family disagrees. “No cop should be under the illusion that they can use ‘Stand Your Ground’ to justify any of their fatally involved shootings,” said Andrew McBean, Jermaine’s brother.Jermaine was seen walking in Oakland Park with an air rifle on July 31, 2013. Peraza said he told Jermaine to drop it, but he refused.Jermaine’s family claims he couldn’t hear the command because he was wearing earbuds.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Car flips multiple times during wreck on I95

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – A car flipped multiple times in Hollywood, Thursday, during a rush-hour wreck.According to police, a driver clipped another vehicle, which caused it to flip many times on Interstate 95 near the Sheridan Street exit.A 7News viewer said the two cars were racing.The other driver fled the scene after the crash.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Van fire delays traffic along southbound Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles

first_imgSUNNY ISLES BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Traffic is at a standstill in the southbound lanes on Collins Avenue after a van caught fire in Sunny Isles Beach.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene along Collins Avenue and the southbound lanes, between 172nd and 174th streets, Tuesday afternoon.Officials were able to put the fire out, and the people who were inside the vehicle are reportedly OK.Traffic on Collins Avenue has been backed up due to the vehicle fire. Officials blocked off the area, but they have since reopened the roadway.That traffic is backed up to Golden Beach, southbound. Traffic is moving smoothly in the northbound lanes, however.It is advised for motorists traveling southbound to take alternative routes.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Several boats belonging to South Florida charity vandalized

first_img“It’s on a good will mission,” said Shake-A-Leg Miami co-founder Harry Horgan. “It’s looking for the innovators that are doing good work to improve quality of life.”The damage has set back their summer program for the students who wait all year to attend. “Preying on people that shouldn’t be preyed upon,” Kirk said.They are asking the public for help to repair the boats and security system, so they can continue helping the community.A donor has created a cash reward for information that’ll lead to an arrest.To make a donation to Shake-A-Leg Miami’s effort to repair the boats, visit this link.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. MIAMI (WSVN) – Police are searching for the culprits who vandalized several boats belonging to a South Florida charity.According to the crew at Shake-A-Leg Miami, on July 1 several boats were scratched and deflated, causing thousands of dollars in damage in Coconut Grove.“This isn’t just making marks on a boat. This was pretty aggressive behavior,” said volunteer Craig Kirk.Among the boats vandalized were several safety boats, which staff use to patrol water sport activities.Officials said their security cameras were damaged during Hurricane Irma. Therefore, they did not catch the vandals in the act.“It’s life changing. It’s totally life changing for everybody involved,” Kirk said.Shake-A-Leg Miami is a water sport community serving people of all abilities. They let students with physical and developmental challenges experience marine and boating life in South Florida. last_img read more

West LNG Alternative Selected For Kenai Spur Highway Reroute

first_imgThe AGDC announced the selected route to the Nikiski community this evening. The next step for the advancement of the project is to move towards the design phase and present the selected route to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Jesse Carlstrom Communications Manager with the AGDC: “The AGDC selected the West LNG Alternative for the Kenai Spur Highway reroute, and this selection is based on the West Alternative that was presented to the Nikiski community during a February 12 community meeting. Based on community feedback during that meeting the AGDC made alterations to the alternative and came up with this alternative.” The West LNG Alternative begins along the existing Kenai Spur Highway near MP 19, close to the South Miller Loop Road intersection. The reroute then turns northeast onto undeveloped land continuing for approximately 1 mile before turning northwest on the west side of Cabin Lake. The reroute then turns west at North Miller Loop Road until it merges with the Kenai Spur Highway north of MP 22. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation announced the chosen route for the Kenai Spur Highway reroute, the West LNG Alternative.The AGDC will relocate 1.3 miles of the existing highway to secure site control for the proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Nikiski. According to AGDC, the relocation of the highway is necessary to facilitate construction of the LNG facility. The design includes a 60 mph speed standard, two 12-foot lanes with 8-foot shoulders, and widened shoulders for pedestrians.last_img read more

AMI Reports 4 Percent Revenue Bump

first_imgAmerican Media Inc., a company which until recently had difficulty filing its financials on time, today announced its fiscal 2008 revenues were $491 million, up about 4 percent over 2007. Operating income was $67 million, as compared to a $254 million loss over 2007.The celebrity magazine publisher attributes its year-end revenue increase to ad revenue gains at Shape, Star and Men’s Fitness magazines. According to the publisher, Star’s ad pages spiked by 21.5 percent in fiscal 2008, Men’s Fitness increased by 13.2 percent and Shape’s was up 10.5 percent.The results come about a month-and-a-half after executive vice president and chief editorial director Bonnie Fuller resigned. According to a WWD report, AMI paid Fuller $2.4 million in 2008, more than chairman and CEO David Pecker, whose total compensation for the year is $1.6 million. AMI’s fourth quarter 2008 revenues (period ended March 31) slipped 1 percent to $123 million from $124 million during the same period last year. The company reported an operating loss for the quarter of $8 million compared to $22 million in operating income for the same period last year.“We expect that these leading titles in two of the strongest publishing categories—health and fitness, and celebrity—will continue to generate solid performance for the company in fiscal 2009,” chairman and CEO David Pecker said in a statement.According to Publishers Information Bureau figures, Men’s Fitness ad dollars were down 4 percent to $13.3 million in the first quarter, Shape’s spiked 16.4 percent to $51.1 million and Star’s were up 1.5 percent to $45.5 million. Ad revenues at AMI’s Natural Health dropped 10.7 percent to $4.1 and National Enquirer’s fell 9.5 percent to $13.6 million.last_img read more

David Zinczenko to Leave Rodale

first_imgBill Phillips, currently editor of MensHealth.com and executive editor of Men’s Health magazine, will become vice president and editor-in-chief of the magazine. Peter Moore, currently the editor of Men’s Health magazine, will be promoted to vice president and editor. Adam Campbell, executive editor of MensHealth.com and fitness director of the Men’s Health brand, will become editor of MensHealth.com.”He’s one of the hardest working people I’ve ever known, and I’ve known a lot of good, smart workers. He deserves a break,” says a source with direct knowledge of Zinczenko’s departure. David Zinczenko, senior vice president and editor-in-chief of Men’s Health, is leaving Rodale, the company has confirmed following a report by New York Post’s Keith Kelly. Rodale says the decision was mutal to not renew his contract at the end of the year.In the meantime, Zinzcenko is out in an official capacity as of end of day today, but will continue with Rodale as a book author. An internal memo sent this afternoon notes Zinczenko’s departure and details the editorial shift that will occur in its wake. last_img read more

National Journal Goes MembersOnly The Atlantic Adds Washington Bureau

first_img “When we launched in 1969, we were a publication that produced news and information targeted towards policy makers and influentials,” MacDonald continues. “In 2011, we launched membership, and that was taking our really important news and analysis and adding time-saving tools and research that really helped make Washington professionals more effective.” As part of a reorganization of the company’s Washington, D.C. operations, National Journal will fully transition to a premium paid content model, reducing its full-time employee count by around 25 percent and offering its content and services exclusively to member organizations behind a paywall. The repositioning is a return, of sorts, to National Journal’s roots as a subscriber-based source of news, analysis, briefings and other customized material for D.C. insiders after recent attempts at broadening its mainstream audience. “We’re very keen to expand The Atlantic’s digital coverage more aggressively into Washington politics and policy, and that will be picking up some of what National Journal has historically been doing,” says president and COO Bob Cohn. The moves are part of a rationalization of missions between The National Journal and The Atlantic, with the latter picking up the former’s broader political coverage.  Stephen G. Smith will rejoin National Journal as editor-in-chief, where he previously worked from 1996 to 1998 before departing for U.S. News & World Report and The Washington Examiner, among others. Ben Pershing was promoted to managing editor. “Politics has become consistently one of our most popular sections on the site,” Cohn continues. “We know that our audience cares deeply about politics and policy and, in general, we want to be more of a global brand. You really can’t have global ambitions if you don’t have strong coverage of Washington.” The transition is less a cost-saving measure than it is a logical solution to a perceived overlap between the two brands, Cohn tells Folio:. The Atlantic will also take over events division National Journal Live, combining it with its existing Atlantic Live division. More policy-based events aimed at a Washington, D.C. market can be expected to join Atlantic Live’s portfolio of global conferences and summits. While The Atlantic has always dedicated some of its content to politics—the magazine’s original 1857 mission statement mentions striving to be “the exponent of the American idea”—the expansion of Washington-based coverage is at least partially a response to audience demand. In July, Atlantic Media announced that National Journal’s 46 year-old print magazine would cease publication by the end of the year. Additional changes at National Journal include the debut of Axis, a growing library of relevant data and graphics offered exclusively to members. Currently free-to-access editorial products National Journal Daily and Hotline will be redesigned and moved behind the membership paywall. “It’s about us putting 100 percent of our editorial focus on the type of analysis and news that our members need, people who are Washington policy makers and are already approaching the issue with a pretty strong understanding, as opposed to writing for the general public,” MacDonald says. “I think that’s really a better focus for The Atlantic.” “The idea is to hone National Journal’s focus on what our members and subscribers need to do their jobs more effectively,” says National Journal publisher Poppy MacDonald. “It’s been the result of opening up a dialogue with our members.” National Journal will continue to offer its members about eight to twelve events per month, including leadership summits, roundtables, webinars and “Membership@Lunch” meetings, says MacDonald. Despite the newly-created bureau signifying The Atlantic’s most ambitious editorial development project to date, expansion plans aren’t limited to Washington. Headed by politics editor Yoni Applebaum, the new bureau plans to dedicate reporters to various Washington beats such as the White House, Capitol Hill, government agencies and the lobbying scene. As bureau chief, Applebaum will report to TheAtlantic.com editor J.J. Gould. Big changes are coming to Atlantic Media. “It’s really trying to rationalize a corporate structure,” Cohn says. “From a corporate perspective, it’s asking, ‘What’s the clearest mission for each of these publications?’ Being a small company, we want to differentiate them as much as we reasonably can—in coverage, audience and advertiser audience.” About 20 National Journal staff members will move to The Atlantic, which will expand its editorial staff and open a new bureau in Washington.  “We will be adding editorial resources within our existing sections and launching new ones next year,” adds Cohn. “We’re really excited to expand in Washington, but that’s part of our overall ambitions and not necessarily to dramatically change ourselves to be known as a Capitol Hill site.”last_img read more

Erika Ender To Rebeca Leon Latin Academy Honors Leading Ladies

first_img ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.com Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY News Facebook Luis Fonsi and Bomba Estéreo’s Li SaumetPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? Luis Fonsi and Bomba Estéreo’s Li SaumetPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Residente Wins Best Urban Song 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic What’s Your Favorite Latin GRAMMY Performance? Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech Email Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment Luis FonsiPhoto: Davide Becker/WireImage.com Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY ResidentePhoto: Bryan Steffy/WireImage.com Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album MalumaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.com Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Natalia Lafourcade, winner of Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) and Best Long Form Music Video for Musas, El Documental — Natalia LafourcadePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com What’s Your Favorite Latin GRAMMY Performance? Natalia Lafourcade, winner of Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) and Best Long Form Music Video for Musas, El Documental — Natalia LafourcadePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY MalumaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year The event singled out six women: Juanes’ manager Rebeca Leon, Billboard journalist/GRAMMY.com contributor Leila Cobo, Warner Music Latina General Manager and Warner Music Latin America Marketing SVP Gabriela Martinez, Univision Executive Vice President Jessica Rodriguez, “Despacito” co-writer Erika Ender, and recording engineer Marcella Araica (Britney Spears, Pink, Madonna).The Leading Ladies of Entertainment is planned to be an annual addition to Latin GRAMMY Week activities, which provides the perfect opportunity to recognize the powerful contributions that trailblazing women in the music industry make on a daily basis.”It’s really about believing in yourself,” Leon said. “I know I am a Jedi now and the best is yet to come. I hope you all realize that you are Jedis too. And may the force be with you.””This recognition is important, as there is a sizeable gender gap in the entertainment industry, which is even more pronounced for Latinas,” said Davina Aryeh, Chief Marketing Officer of The Latin Recording Academy. “Acknowledging this issue raises it to the top of public consciousness, and allows us to celebrate and learn from a diverse array of women who are leading and succeeding in their respective fields.” “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Win Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech ResidentePhoto: Bryan Steffy/WireImage.com Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images Erika Ender To Rebeca Leon: Latin Academy Honors Leading Ladies Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards Luis FonsiPhoto: Davide Becker/WireImage.com Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment Residente Wins Best Urban Song Vicente GarcíaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment erika-ender-rebeca-leon-latin-academy-honors-leading-ladies Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance Twitter Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Residente Wins Best Urban Song Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance Natalia Lafourcade, winner of Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) and Best Long Form Music Video for Musas, El Documental — Natalia LafourcadePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Inaugural Latin GRAMMY Week event honors women making a big difference in the music industryRenée FabianGRAMMYs Nov 16, 2017 – 12:30 pm The Latin Recording Academy kicked off its inaugural Leading Ladies of Entertainment event on Nov. 15 at Maestro’s Ocean Club in Las Vegas to spotlight women who are setting a positive example in the Latin entertainment industry. Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Win Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Win See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners Prev Next Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet More 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights MalumaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Nov 15, 2017 – 5:40 pm 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.com Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Vicente GarcíaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com Luis Fonsi and Bomba Estéreo’s Li SaumetPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images What’s Your Favorite Latin GRAMMY Performance? 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BUSINESS BRIEF Wilmingtons Zachary Blanch Joins REMAX Encore As New Sales Associate

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — RE/MAX Encore has announced that Realtor® Zachary Blanch is the latest addition to the growing real estate franchise. Blanch acquired his license this past year, however, his ability to learn quickly and professional character make it seem like he has been in the business for years. Blanch works locally in Wilmington along with other areas in Greater Boston and will be focusing primarily on residential real estate. He is currently working as a part of the Hoff Team with established Realtor and co-broker/owner of RE/MAX Encore, Elaine Hoff.“I’m excited to join the most productive real estate network in the U.S. and heighten the buying and selling experience for my clients,” Blanch said. “Overall it is a great time to buy real estate. Wilmington is in high demand, homes are selling quickly and I’m ready to help guide members of the community through the exciting and sometimes overwhelming process.”“Zach has proven to be hard working and shown he has the ability to quickly learn how to help his buyers find the right home and sellers get the best price” said Elaine Hoff RE/MAX Encore co-owner. “He truly enjoys helping his clients with every detail.”Blanch has been a resident of Wilmington for his entire life and graduated Cum Laude from Southern New Hampshire University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a minor in Psychology. He understands the importance of providing his clients with the latest market information and industry expertise and is passionate about making his clients feel comfortable and informed throughout the entire real estate transaction. Blanch has demonstrated a professional and dependable work ethic that clearly corresponds with his enthusiasm in going over the top for his clients. Blanch is a member of the National Association of Realtors and is therefore held to a higher standard of ethics than a non-realtor agent.In addition to helping community members find the right home, Blanch is also passionate about giving back to his community. He volunteers at the food pantry and helps provide food for the local families in need.Zachary Blanch can be reached at 978-888-4798 or zblanch44@gmail.com.Zachary Blanch(NOTE: The above press release is from RE/MAX Encore.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Realtors Tina DiCenso & Tracy Spaniol Join REMAX EncoreIn “Business”Greater Boston Association Of Realtors Gives BackIn “Business”Wilmington’s RE/MAX Encore Introduces Its Newest Agent — Resident Gary CieplikIn “Business”last_img read more