Vanishing act: Now a fugitive from justice, one-time Vancouver realtor pursued by private investigator, police

A former Vancouver realtor has disappeared, and nobody seems to know where he is. Not past associates who say they lost hundreds of thousands of dollars to him, not the police who obtained a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest, not the private investigator who has been tracking him, not the Vancouver real estate brokerage where he once worked, not even his wife. Howard Chong, 39, presented different faces to the different people named as victims in the criminal indictment charging him with 10 counts of fraud and theft, according to a private investigator who pursued him. Chong portrayed himself as a Chinese pop musician and songwriter, and even as an… Read More

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Telus, Huawei await feds’ next move on telecom security concerns

Vancouver-based Telus Corp. is among the handful of Canadian telecommunications companies waiting on a federal review into whether Chinese equipment provider Huawei Technologies poses a cybersecurity risk to development of next generation, ultra-high-speed 5G wireless networks. Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei made global headlines this week with a rare media availability at the company’s Shenzen headquarters, where he vowed that his company would refuse requests to use its equipment to spy for the Chinese government and would never compromise customer data. Federal officials, however, are not signalling which way they might be leaning in evaluating potential participants in developing 5G technology here, though Huawei has operated in Canada for a decade… Read More

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Utah jobless rate remains at 3.2 percent

SALT LAKE CITY — The state added nearly 4,000 new jobs per month over the last 12-month period, new data shows. The Utah Department of Workforce Services reported Friday that Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for December 2018 grew by an estimated 3.1 percent, adding 47,200 jobs to the economy since December 2017. Aaron Thorup, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic For the month, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged from the prior month to register at 3.2 percent. Utah’s current employment level registers at 1,542,600, while approximately 49,900 Utahns were unemployed during the month and actively seeking work. Nationally, the U.S. jobless rate increased two-tenths of a percentage point… Read More

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Utah jobless rate remains at 3.2 percent

SALT LAKE CITY — The state added nearly 4,000 new jobs per month over the last 12-month period, new data shows. The Utah Department of Workforce Services reported Friday that Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for December 2018 grew by an estimated 3.1 percent, adding 47,200 jobs to the economy since December 2017. Aaron Thorup, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic For the month, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged from the prior month to register at 3.2 percent. Utah’s current employment level registers at 1,542,600, while approximately 49,900 Utahns were unemployed during the month and actively seeking work. Nationally, the U.S. jobless rate increased two-tenths of a percentage point… Read More

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NEB rejects Burnaby’s bid to stop work at Trans Mountain pipeline terminal

BURNABY — The National Energy Board has rejected the City of Burnaby’s request that it rescind orders allowing the company building the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to conduct work at its terminal in the city. The Metro Vancouver city had asked that the board cancel the orders after the Federal Court of Appeal quashed government approval for the expansion project. Burnaby had argued the terminal work was primarily related to the project, but the board said in a written decision Thursday that it’s upholding the orders, allowing Trans Mountain Corp. to do infrastructure work at the Burnaby Terminal. The NEB says piping modifications are not associated with the expansion project… Read More

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Verizion looks to hire 120 at job fair

WEST VALLEY CITY — Verizon is looking to hire 120 customer service team members in the Salt Lake area and will be hosting a recruitment event on Wednesday, Jan. 23 in West Valley City. Interested candidates will have the opportunity to learn about career opportunities and to tour the center. A bachelor’s degree or years of work experience is preferred. Registration is required at events.indeed.com/event/6985/?from=event_status_email_client-7. …read more Source:: Deseret News – Business News       

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John Horgan announces policy reforms to rebuild coastal forest sector

Premier John Horgan says his government plans to rebuild the solid wood and secondary timber industries by ensuring more logs are processed in British Columbia. In a speech to the annual Truck Loggers Convention, Horgan says the forest sector revitalization plan will be done through incentives and regulation changes. The policy changes include increasing penalties for late reporting of wood waste, and reducing the waste by redirecting it to pulp and paper mills. The premier says the actions will reverse a systematic decline that has taken place in the coastal forest sector over the past two decades. He says the plan will be implemented through a series of legislative, regulatory… Read More

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Huntsman Cancer Foundation hopes to raise $150K at Utah skiing fundraiser

PARK CITY — The Huntsman Cancer Foundation’s Pink Park City — a ski day to conquer cancer — will return on Saturday, March 23. Friends, family and neighbors are invited to come together to participate as a fundraising team, raise funds and ski together in Pink Park City’s Rally for Hope Parade at Park City Mountain’s Canyon Village. Participants are encouraged to ask their friends and loved ones to support their fundraising efforts, 100 percent of which will benefit research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Last spring’s inaugural event raised $80,000. “We had tremendous success with Pink Park City last year and we want to carry the momentum into this… Read More

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TSA absentee rate still high, but down from Sunday’s peak

TSA officials say the rate of airport screeners missing work during the partial government shutdown has stabilized — but still at unusually high numbers — just before a three-day holiday weekend that is likely to bring bigger airport crowds. The Transportation Security Administration said Thursday that 6.1 percent of its airport screeners missed work Wednesday. That’s higher than the 5 percent absentee rate on the same day last year but the second-straight decline after the sick-out rate surged to 7.7 percent Sunday. A TSA official said screeners this week should have received $500 bonuses and, for some, an extra day’s pay, for working over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.… Read More

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B.C. urged to change liquor policy to allow more competition, lowering prices

Canada’s interim competition commissioner is urging B.C. to change its liquor policy to allow more competition, spark innovation and lower prices. Matthew Boswell writes in an open letter to B.C.’s Attorney General David Eby that the province’s current policy restricts competition, raises consumer prices and limits access to specialty products. B.C. requires restaurants, bars and hotels to purchase alcohol products at retail prices from government-owned stores. Boswell says he supports recommendations that hospitality providers should be able to buy alcohol products from any licensed source in the province, including private retailers, and they should pay “a proper wholesale price.” Those two recommendations were made in an April 2018 report commissioned… Read More

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