Month: September 2019
The American Soybean Association (ASA) issued its official call to notice for the summer Board of Directors meeting July 8-10 in Washington, D.C. ASA board members should plan to arrive Sunday morning, July 7.Schedule:Monday, July 71-6 p.m. Executive Committee MeetingTuesday, July 88-10 a.m. General Session10:30-11:30 a.m. Joint Meeting: Public Affairs/Trade Policy & International Affairs Committee10:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. Membership & Corporate Relations Committee11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Public Affairs Committee11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Trade Policy & International Affairs Committee12:30-1:30 p.m. Investment Lunch Meeting3:45-5:30 p.m. SoyPac Meeting3:45-5:30 p.m. Communications Committee3:35-5:30 p.m. Grassroots 101: Making the Most of Your Hill VisitsWednesday, July 9 8:30-10 a.m. General Session10 a.m.-5 p.m. Soy Issues Forum5:30-6:30 p.m. Nominating CommitteeHill visits and the soy reception, along with the WISHH Committee meeting are scheduled on Thursday, July 10.The Board meeting will be held at the Hyatt Hotel. ASA will make room reservations for all National Board Members and alternates. Each Director should complete the a form to notify Julie of your arrival/departure dates. All other state staff and guest participants may call the Hyatt Regency Washington Hotel directly at (202) 737-1234 to make your reservations. Please be sure to inform reservations you are attending the ASA Board Meeting to receive the $229 room rate.Room reservations should be made by June 12, 2014 to guarantee availability of rooms and the room rate, unless otherwise sold out before that time.If you have questions, please call ASA Meeting Planner Julie Hawkins at 1-800-688-7692, ext. 1322.
Voters in north Clark County will have a few options this fall when it comes to who should be calling the shots in their area’s publicly owned cemeteries.Eight candidates are running for commissioner positions in two districts. The positions are uncompensated, six-year terms, according to the county website.Most candidates have lived in north Clark County most of their lives and have family members in cemeteries within their districts. All seem to have the same top priority: keeping things well maintained.District 4All three commissioner positions in District 4, which serves Mountain View Cemetery, Amboy Cemetery and Chelatchie Cemetery, are up for election.The district has been the scene of controversy before.The Washington State Auditor’s Office issued a report in March that contained results from an independent accountability audit of the district between 2008 and 2010. It said the district lacked proper documentation for 41 plots that were sold to the public. The report said the plots had a total value of at least $8,000.In addition to the lack of documents, the auditor’s office said the district sold plots in areas of the Amboy Cemetery where burials could not occur; sold plots for amounts not on the board-approved price lists; did not require payment for plots, headstones and liners when they were provided, and did not document payment arrangements, and charged an individual twice for two plots.Old commissioners were replaced after the controversy and the new ones are still trying to get things in order, said Commissioner Bob McClellan, who is seeking re-election.
MOUNT VERNON, Va. — George Washington never had air conditioning, but he knew how to keep cool: a mansion with lots of windows elevated on the banks of a wide, rolling river and lots of ice cream, maybe with a little brandy.It was a little like the old days without electricity Wednesday, as the nation’s capital region celebrated Independence Day the better part of a week into a widespread blackout that left millions of residents sweltering in 90-plus degree heat without air conditioning. Utilities have slowly been restoring service knocked out by a freak storm Friday from the Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic, and at least 26 people have died in the storm or its aftermath.At George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate, one of the most popular Fourth of July attractions was a demonstration of 18th-century ice cream making, one of Washington’s favorite desserts. Historical interpreters Gail Cassidy and Anette Ahrens showed the crowds how cocoa beans were roasted and ground into a paste for chocolate ice cream, made using ice hauled up in massive blocks from the Potomac River and stored underground to last as long into the summer as possible.As for beverages, Washington was no stranger to alcohol, sipping imported Madeira wine from Portugal, distilling his own whiskey and enjoying a fruity brandy cocktail called Cherry Bounce.Washington was his own architect at Mount Vernon, “and he was very good at it,” said Dennis Pogue, associate director for preservation at Mount Vernon. The piazza, which runs the length of the mansion, is “kind of California living in the 18th century,” Pogue said.
A 23-year-old Ridgefield man appeared Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court on allegations of child rape. Jeffrey Scott Boyington is accused of molesting and raping a 13-year-old boy he allegedly met in a gay networking chat room.Boyington will be arraigned at 9 a.m. Dec. 5 after Judge Robert Lewis found probable cause Wednesday for charges of second-degree child rape, communication with a minor for immoral purposes, and luring with a sexual motive.Lewis set Boyington’s bail at $10,000. Boyington indicated he would hire a private attorney for his defense.A probable cause affidavit signed by a Clark County sheriff’s deputy stated that the 13-year-old victim reported that he met Boyington on a gay networking cellphone application, similar to an Internet chat site.The suspect, who called himself “Scotty,” invited the alleged victim to meet him in person. He picked him up from his home without the consent of the boy’s parents, according to the affidavit. The suspect took the boy to his Ridgefield apartment and performed sexual acts on him, the affidavit stated.In a recorded interview with detectives, Boyington allegedly confessed to the crimes but said he thought the boy was 14, rather than 13, according to the affidavit.
States competing for dronesOLYMPIA — If you see an unmanned aerial vehicle flying overhead, it is much more likely looking at local topography or searching for a hiker than spying on you, according to Tad McGeer, owner of Aerovel, a company specializing in unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly called drones.Many people believe, McGeer, said, that “if you put a camera on an unmanned aircraft, somehow it’s sinister and dangerous.”McGeer hosted an informational meeting Wednesday for legislators in Olympia to dispel what he called myths associated with unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as to discuss different uses for the technology. He was a founder, with Andy von Flotow, of Bingen-based Insitu, which is now a Boeing subsidiary that makes unmanned drones and employs more than 800 people in Bingen, White Salmon, Stevenson, Vancouver and Hood River, Ore.In his presentation to about 50 people, McGeer said that people are much more likely to be photographed by a traffic camera, security system or a cellphone than by an unmanned drone. He doesn’t see drones as being able to compete with manned aircraft anytime soon, but believes there is a niche market they can occupy, including geological land surveying, search and rescue operations, wildfire monitoring, and weather tracking.“I’ve always wanted to go in that direction,” he said.McGeer also told his audience that a drone has a very narrow lens focus with its camera. To help emphasize his point, he held a tube of plastic pipe up to his eye and told the audience to “imagine taking this up to the Space Needle and trying to spy on people.”“Napoleon’s grand army could be right out of frame and you’d never know,” he said.McGeer said the recent media and legislative discussion about drones have lacked expert information, adding that he hoped his presentation would help inform legislators. “They shouldn’t be making legislation in a vacuum,” he said.
WASHINGTON — Cybersecurity concerns over President Barack Obama’s health care website have been cleared up through testing, a government security professional who initially had qualms about the system assured lawmakers Thursday.But a congressional hearing featuring three senior technology experts from within the Health and Human Services Department also revealed a broader internal debate before the hapless launch of HealthCare.gov last fall.One of the witnesses, HHS Chief Information Officer Frank Baitman, said he personally brought security issues to the attention of the department’s second-in-command, Bill Corr, as well as another senior official. It’s unclear what, if anything, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and White House officials were told.The maddening technical problems that frustrated consumers for weeks as they tried to sign up for health insurance would pale in comparison if a serious security breach compromised the names, Social Security numbers, incomes and other personal information of millions of Americans.Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are trying to build a case that the administration recklessly ignored security concerns to meet a self-imposed Oct. 1 deadline for flipping the switch. The administration — and Democratic lawmakers– say all issues were addressed through special vigilance instituted just before the launch. While Republicans have raised questions, they have yet to find a smoking gun.
A Vancouver man suffered a gunshot wound to his right forearm Friday night as he celebrated the Fourth of July holiday with friends at his home in the Orchards area, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.Logan Ostreim, 24, told deputies he was enjoying the fireworks displays going off throughout his neighborhood at about 11:30 p.m. when he felt a deep pain in his arm. He thought he had been struck by a firework, and his friends drove him to the emergency room at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.At the hospital, an X-ray revealed Ostreim had a bullet from a 9mm handgun lodged under his skin. It was surgically removed and Ostreim is expected to make a full recovery.“It appears that the round was a random shot fired by some irresponsible individual celebrating the holiday, which unfortunately struck Ostreim on the downward trajectory,” according to the news release.The sheriff’s office has no known suspects, and anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Joe Swenson at 360-397-2044.
Share by the numbersIn 2013, Share of Vancouver:o Sheltered 1,400 homeless people.o Served nearly 90,000 hot meals.o Helped an average of 100 households per month with housing subsidies, other support.SOURCE: sharevancouver.orgWith fewer people coming to the Clark County Public Service Center to get property deeds and other legal documents recorded, fewer fees are landing in the bank account of Share Vancouver.Share, Clark County’s leading nonprofit agency serving the homeless and hungry, is expecting a reduction in county funding of at least $150,000 next year. “There are a lot less deeds being recorded and the fund is smaller,” Share Executive Director Diane McWithey said. A funding cut that size doesn’t sound like much, but McWithey said that Share’s 2015 budget is already set at $5.7 million, and that $2.5 million of that is “pass-through money.”“It is rental subsidies and deposits, transportation funds — money that comes into Share but immediately turns around and goes out for a client,” McWithey said. Share’s “true operational budget is $3.2 million, and we run an extremely lean machine. There is not room to make cuts.”McWithey said Share already cut most of its staff training budget, implemented a salary and hiring freeze, and is prepared to draw from its reserves if a new fundraising campaign is unsuccessful.
Employee Benefits Live 2015: Reward strategies need to be inclusive of all generations in the workplace so as to not discriminate against older workers, according to Caroline Bendelow (pictured), director of people and performance at Age UK.Speaking at a session at Employee Benefits Live 2015, Bendelow explained that employers need to rid workplaces of the myth that older workers do not want training or development benefits. The charity does this by offering all of its benefits to all staff, regardless of age or other restrictions.At the session ’From Gen Y to the ageing workforce: developing effective reward strategies for different generations’, Bendelow, said: “We aim to inspire, enable and support our staff, which we do with the culture and benefits we offer, and by benefiting from our older workers’ experiences.“Find out from your employees what they want, which we do with engagement surveys, and give something for everyone, including the information they need to make informed decisions.”The charity’s oldest member of staff, who is a shop floor worker, is 92 years of age.Luke Sondelski, global manager, compensation and benefits at Booking.com, who also spoke at the session, explained that the travel booking website engages its workforce, which has an average staff age of 32, with quizzes, lunches with co-workers you may not otherwise meet, and an annual global family and friends day, when employee’s loved ones can visit their place of work.Sondelski said: “A decent workplace culture needs to come from everyone rather than just those in management; the leadership team can set a direction, but employers need to make sure everyone is participating.”
Rolls Royce Group has been named the large organisation UK employees would most like to work for in the Global Randstad Award 2016.The employer branding survey, which had 200,000 global respondents across 25 countries, ranked British Airways as the second most attractive large employer, with Marks and Spencer coming in third.Respondents were asked to rate the attractiveness of their country’s largest employers to create the list, with 8,100 respondents from the UK contributing their answers.The research also found that Google is the employer brand that respondents would most like to work for in India and Switzerland, BMW was named winner of the Global Randstad Award 2016 in Germany, Ikea in Sweden, and IBM in Spain, with the Walt Disney Company claiming top place in the United States.The organisations named in the top 20 most attractive large employers in the UK are:Rolls Royce GroupBritish AirwaysMarks and SpencerBMWJaguar Land RoverBootsBAE SystemsMondelez InternationalVirgin MediaPricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC)DiageoSainsbury’sPhilipsAlstomAstraZenecaCarnival UKNextGlaxoSmithKlineFordDebenhamsJacques van den Broek, chief executive officer at Randstad, said: “In the UK, it’s clear that the winner of the Randstad Award, the Rolls Royce Group, has an almost timeless appeal and a brand that is rooted in the country’s heritage and national identity.“Much the same could be said of British Airways and Marks and Spencer. But the largest companies need to beware the potential disconnect between what prospective employees look for in an employer and what they perceive the biggest employers to offer.”
Police said he had help breaking free. His alleged accomplices, his girlfriend and a friend were denied bond Monday. Two others were ordered to be held in juvenile detention.If you have any information that can help the police find Resiles, call Browad County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.There is a $20,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 4 arrested for helping murder suspect escape court; suspect still at large FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – An inmate’s escape prompted a security change at the Broward County Courthouse.According to officials, there will be a change in the movement of maximum security inmates who appear in court. Now, detention deputies must wait for an armed deputy to transfer custody.The change came days after Dayonte Resiles, an inmate who could face the death penalty if convicted of murdering a woman back in 2014, escaped during a hearing. He is still on the run.
Booga release! https://t.co/Zd16g9ggnP— The Turtle Hospital (@TurtleHospital) February 10, 2018The marine reptile was brought ashore for treatment, which included surgery to amputate a flipper. The procedure was followed by lots of physical therapy.The turtle is now back in the sea in good heath.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MARATHON, FLA. (WSVN) – A loggerhead sea turtle is heading home after being injured during Hurricane Irma.Booga was released into the ocean Saturday morning after undergoing treatment at The Turtle Hospital in Marathon.
MIAMI (WSVN) – Miami police are seeking the public’s help identifying a subject who was caught on camera swiping a motorcycle helmet.Surveillance video shows a man on a green motorcycle pulling up to a parking lot along Brickell Avenue and Southeast Seventh Street around 4 p.m., June 6.In the video, the man is seen removing a helmet from another motorcycle parked in the lot before fleeing the scene.The subject was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, a light long-sleeved shirt and dark pants. The Florida tag of the subject’s motorcycle reads MDRT99.If you have any information on this theft, 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.
WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A fun event for all ages aimed to make a difference in lives of South Florida families.The Children’s Trust Family Expo was held Saturday at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Expo Center in West Miami-Dade. The annual event helps the community gain access to hundreds of vital educational, health, and social services.It’s something the expo’s organizers are proud of.“We’ve been doing this for 11 years, and it’s our gift to the community,” said spokesperson Emily Cardenas. “It’s our pleasure to be able to offer this event for free, an opportunity for parents to come down, access hundreds of programs for children and families that are predominately for free or very, very low cost.”The event also featured face painting, magic shows, storytelling, arts and crafts, bounce houses, rock climbing, among other activities.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Eventually, the woman was sent to a doctor, who discovered her hip was broken and she needed surgery. During the surgery pre-check, the woman was found to be pregnant, and doctors performed a sexual assault exam.The victim ultimately suffered a miscarriage.In a statement released to CNN, the facility said, “We take our obligation to ensure the well-being of those we serve very seriously, including compliance with all reporting requirements,” a spokeswoman said. “As part of our overall commitment to continuous quality improvement, we regularly review our protocols with the goal of enhancing the quality of our services and minimizing any risk to the health and safety of the individuals we support.”The lawsuit is asking for unspecified damages, along with costs covering medical and legal expenses and money spent on moving the woman to a new facility.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PENSACOLA, Fla. (WSVN) — A woman has field a lawsuit against a Pensacola healthcare facility after her adult daughter was raped and impregnated while being cared for there.According to CNN, the lawsuit, filed on behalf of the patient, claims National Mentor Healthcare’s Pensacola cluster failed to care for the woman, who has intellectual disabilities, Rett syndrome and other ailments.The patient is nonverbal and immobile, and she has trouble using her hands and arms.“Our client’s mother is outraged and devastated by what happened to her daughter and wants to protect her daughter from abuse and for her daughter to be safe,” attorney James Green Jr. said in a statement Thursday.The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office looked into the case, but they said they exhausted all leads and couldn’t identify a suspect.According to the lawsuit, employees changing the woman’s diapers noticed bruising and behavioral changes in the patient. Despite relaying their concerns to the facility, officials did not report the injuries to state authorities.
MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A 4-year-old boy who had been reported missing from Bunche Park Elementary was found safe following what school district officials described as a case of mistaken identity.Miami Gardens Police announced Ja’sryah Bostic had gone missing from Bunche Park Elementary School, in Miami Gardens, just before 4 p.m. Monday.According to Bostic’s parents, when they showed up to the school to pick him up during dismissal at 1:50 p.m., he was not there.“She brings another boy out here, so I’m like, ‘That’s not my son,’” said Patrick Bostic, the boy’s father. “She’s like, ‘Are you sure?’ I said, ‘Ma’am, that’s not my son.”Patrick said he was told there was a mix-up, and his son had been taken to a day care provider when he wasn’t supposed to be.“Mix up kids, how do you do that on the first day of school?” he said. “That’s not right.”The after-care facility Ja’sryah was taken to is located at a community center in Opa-locka, about two miles way from Bunche Park Elementary. Opa-locka Police Chief James Dobson said a private company brought the story to the center but can’t provide any additional statements because the after-care is not associated with the city.The father said he did not know where his son was for nearly two hours.A Miami-Dade County Public Schools spokesperson confirmed the child was found safe soon after.7Skyforce hovered above the entrance to the school as father and son were reunited next to a police cruiser.Ja’sryah’s father said he was relieved and thrilled to have his son back.M-DCPS officials said the boy’s disappearance stemmed from a miscommunication on the school’s part. They released a statement that reads in part, “A thorough review of procedures is underway and, upon its conclusion, disciplinary actions toward employees may be taken if warranted.”Patrick said, while Bunche Park Elementary may be a good school, he’s concerned by the staff’s actions on the first day of classes. “This school is supposed to protect kids, period, and they’re not doing that,” he said.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Over the past 24 hours, a mix of heavy snow and rain has fallen in Valdez and the Copper River Basin resulting in very difficult and hazardous driving conditions on the Richardson, Edgerton, Glenn and Tok Cutoff highways. Temperatures have ranged in the high 20s to mid-30s. Crews will start clearing avalanche debris when the weather improves, avalanche risk decreases and it is safe to work in the area. Currently, heavy snow fall and unseasonably warm temperatures are creating prime conditions for additional avalanches. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities says the Richardson Highway is closed near Valdez, from mile 12-55, due to an avalanche at mile 39. The avalanche occurred this morning at approximately 3:30 a.m., and is an estimated 20 feet deep and 200 feet long. All available plows and sand trucks are out working to keep roads passable. For updated road conditions visit 511.Alaska.Gov or call 511. The National Weather Service forecasts that heavy snow will taper off this afternoon, however light snow will continue overnight. The heaviest accumulation will be in Thompson Pass, with up to 45 inches. Valdez has received 12 inches of snow as of 6:30 a.m. and snow continues to fall steady across the region. Another weather front is expected to move in from the gulf Thursday, possibly bringing heavy snow for Thompson Pass with snow and rain in Valdez.
Dunleavy was elected to the Senate in 2012 and issued a statement following his resignation : “One criticism I’ve made of state government is that it continuously grows and takes on too many responsibilities, and does many of them poorly.” Story as aired:Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Dunleavy.mp3VmJennifer-on-Dunleavy.mp300:00RPd A Dunleavy campaign spokeswoman says the resignation will be effective January 15. Dunleavy: “I sent a letter to Senate President Pete Kelly this morning informing him of my resignation. I shared my appreciation for his leadership in the Senate, and for the collaboration that I have enjoyed with my former colleagues in the Senate Majority.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Senator Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, has announced his resignation from the state senate to focus on running for governor this year. Dunleavy, says the best way for him to advocate for his constituents’ values is to devote his full time and attention to ensuring that a new governor is elected. There are now five potential Republican candidates for governor including Kenai Peninsula Representative Mike Chenault.
The presentation will take place on January 31, from 5:30-6pm, at PCHS on Marydale Ave in Soldotna. Everyone in attendance will receive a free Narcan kit. The number of deadly opioid overdoses in Alaska has increased again, according to a report released from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. This short presentation will focus on the science of opioids and opioid addiction as well as information about the lifesaving medication, Narcan, to help prevent further overdoses. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Peninsula Community Health Services is hosting a community education series focusing on opioids and Narcan.
Started in 1883 as Inland Printer, Penton Media’s American Printer magazine will be stopping production after 128 years. The August 2011 edition has been the last title published.The announcement came Friday in the form of a blog post from Katherine O’Brien, editor of the magazine.”There won’t be a September issue,” she wrote. “Penton, our parent company, stuck with us through some mighty lean months, but ultimately, there was no foreseeable model to achieve profitability. (Many of our readers are all too familiar with this problem.)”American Printer at the time of closing had about 47,000 subscribers and overall circulation is about the same, according to a Penton representative, though the title is not audited by the Audit Bureau of Circulations. Page views are held at about 40,000 and unique visitors are about 22,000. According to a spokesperson from Penton, the publication has been discontinued because “it was just not a model within our scope and it wasn’t a strategic fit anymore–we’re constantly looking at publications within our scope and if they don’t really make a strategic fit within our list of publications than we have to look at that and see what fits and works within our strategic realm, that’s the thought behind that.”This b2b trade publication was designed for an audience of commercial printers and had a focus on printing management, press technologies and “prepress, press and postpress issues,” according to its website. Industry trends, product introductions and real-world solutions for boosting profitability and production were among the topics covered.Subscriptions to the free publication could be accessed in print and digitally (pictured) and an e-newsletter was also available along with a video library on AmericanPrinter.com and readers could subscribe to American Printer TV through iTunes or an RSS feed. The publication had 569 Facebook fans and 2,226 Twitter followers.”I’ll miss American Printer,” Facebook fan Julie Shaffer posted Friday afternoon. “The print version’s been getting thinner and thinner so this is not shocking, but still sad.” Meanwile, Gordonsville, Virginia-based printer American Press has also folded, citing economic conditions in the printing industry over the last three years that have left the company no longer economically viable. The decision was made in June, with operations gradually phased out over the summer. American Press had 123 employees, with print runs ranging from 30,000 to 2.5 million (with a sweet spot between 50,000 and 250,000).