AFEX Opens Office in Surrey, Partners with Surrey Board of Trade

Partnership will expand AFEX’s reach, accessing energy, mining and other key industries in Western Canada

Woodland Hills, Calif. AFEX, one of the world’s largest non-bank providers of global payment, foreign currency and risk management solutions, today announced its expansion to Vancouver via a strategic partnership with the Surrey Board of Trade.  The new AFEX Vancouver office will be headquartered within the Surrey Board of Trade. Continue reading AFEX Opens Office in Surrey, Partners with Surrey Board of Trade

Apple finally gets multicultural emoji

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Lovers of emojis, the cute graphics that punctuate online writing and texts, will soon be able to pick from different skin tones and depictions of families with two moms or two dads on Apple devices.

Apple Inc. has incorporated more diverse emojis into the developer version of the latest update to its mobile operating system. The iPhone and iPad maker has not said when the update will be available for all users. Continue reading Apple finally gets multicultural emoji

Police break up 500-person bush party

Abbotsford News

A bush party attended by 500 youths in southeast Abbotsford on Friday night was broken up by Abbotsford Police with the assistance of the Air 1 police helicopter, Chilliwack RCMP and the Integrated Road Safety Unit.

The party took place in the Majuba Hill area and involved individuals between the ages of 15 and 25.

About 30 officers broke up the party at about 10:30 p.m. without major incident.

An Abbotsford Police Department four-by-four patrol vehicles had its back passenger window smashed.

Majuba Hill is located a remote area where Chilliwack and Abbotsford meet near the U.S. border.

The party was spread across social media with the hashtag #projectchilliwack, and police feared that the crowd could have grown larger through the evening.

Several partygoers posted photos and videos from the event on social media.

“Crazy night,” said one reveller.

“So how do we top this one?” wrote another.

One video shows a light for the Air 1 helicopter shining down on the crowd as they cheer wildly.

Surrey First spent nearly $1.2 million on civic election campaign

By Brian Morton

SURREY — Surrey First spent nearly $1.2 million on its successful 2014 municipal campaign, primarily from corporate donors, according to campaign disclosure statements.

The amount, which was almost triple the money spent in total by Mayor Linda Hepner’s two competitors, helped the party secure every seat on Surrey council. Continue reading Surrey First spent nearly $1.2 million on civic election campaign

Police chief says 20 new cops coming to Surrey in next six weeks

Amy Reid / Surrey Now

SURREY — The police chief says 20 new cops will arrive at the Surrey RCMP detachment within the next six weeks.

Bill Fordy told the police committee Monday that some cadets were redeployed to Ottawa for two months following the shootings at Parliament Hill that took the life of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, but they are now starting to arrive in Surrey.

“In three to six months they would become essentially suitable and capable of going out by themselves,” Fordy said.

Meanwhile, Fordy is recommending the city not renew a pilot project with BC Commissionaires – 10 armed personnel who patrol but do not carry guns – citing operational and liability issues, but city council says they ease the minds of citizens.

Last October, the police committee endorsed a recommendation to increase the Surrey RCMP from 703 to 803 officers.

The 100 new officers were a Surrey First promise along the campaign trail.

To help pay for the new cops, Surrey is set to raise taxes this year.

One man shot and another stabbed in Abbotsford

Abbotsford News

One man was stabbed and another was shot during an altercation in Abbotsford early Sunday morning, police have confirmed.

Abbotsford Police were called at 2:10 a.m. to a residence in the 2300 block of Holly Street – west of Clearbrook Road – in Abbotsford for a reported fight.

Members of the patrol division and the emergency response team arrived on scene and located two injured men in their 20s near the residence.

Both men were taken to hospital, and they are listed in stable condition.

The Abbotsford Police Department’s forensic identification unit was on the scene, and traffic diversions are expected through the morning.

The major crime unit is now leading  the investigation, and more information will be provided as it becomes available.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225, text abbypd (222973) or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

This incident comes just three days after a 34-year-old man was fatally stabbed in the area of Townline and Maclure roads.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is continuing to investigate the murder.

Arrest made in murder at Abbotsford gas station

By Derrick Penner, The Vancouver Sun

METRO VANCOUVER – The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has made an arrest in the Thursday night murder of a 35-year-old man at a gas station on Town Line Road in Abbotsford.

In a news release issued this morning, Sgt. Stephanie Ashton said police have arrested 30-year-old Abbotsford resident Thavone Junior Carlson, who faces a charge of second degree murder in the incident. He was remanded into custody pending a court appearance later today in Abbotsford.

The charge stems from an incident Thursday evening around 9:30 p.m. The victim, 35-year-old Trevor Johnson, met the suspect at the gas station, a fight broke out and Johnson was allegedly stabbed.

He was rushed to hospital but died a short time later.