World Soy Foundations Acre Challenge Campaign gets Boost at ASA Meetings

first_imgAt last week’s American Soybean Association (ASA) meetings in St. Louis, ASA Board members and other “soy family” members accepted the Acre Challenge by generously giving the value of one or more acres of soybeans. This provided an early boost to the recently launched FY14 Acre Challenge Campaign. During a report to the ASA Board, Board member Dave Poppens (SD) mentioned recent corporate gifts to the World Soy Foundation, including a generous donation from the John Deere Foundation. Fourteen ASA Board members responded to his appeal for the Challenge, pushing Acre Challenge donations for the new fiscal year over $13,000.With their gifts, they are making a life-changing difference in the lives of malnourished children around the world through the Power of Soy– and so can you.The World Soy Foundation’s Acre Challenge Program is a way for you to help. With your support, the World Soy Foundation can reach even more children.  Donate the value of ONE ACRE OF SOYBEANS and give the gift of protein today!  (donate now button).If you are a new donor, or are increasing your pledge from last year, those contributions will be matched, dollar for dollar by an anonymous donor. The Challenge to the Challenge expires Dec. 31.   Help us Reach our Goal—Accept the Challenge Today! To accept the Challenge simply calculate the value of an acre of soybeans in your operation (yield multiplied by price).How to donate: Click “Donate Now,” visit www.worldsoyfoundation.org or send your check to:World Soy Foundation12125 Woodcrest Executive Drive, Suite 100St. Louis, MO 63141The World Soy Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization so your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.last_img read more

The World Soy Foundation Gives Thanks this Holiday Season

first_img“Thank you. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to provide for my daughter. I knew she wasn’t getting enough food before and it pained her mother and me to see her suffer. Thank you for helping me change that.”Those are the words of a father whose daughter receives improved nutrition and education through a World Soy Foundation (WSF) supported project in El Salvador. This year, we are giving thanks for donors like you who are improving lives around the world through your donation to WSF. Thank you for helping us provide much needed protein for this little girl in El Salvador and for helping her father feel, for the first time, truly able to provide for his family. The pride visible on his face as he thanked us was immeasurable.As you look at your family around the table this Thanksgiving with hearts full of gratitude, we hope you remember the impact you have had on the lives of others. This holiday season WSF asks for your continued support as we work to improve the lives of kids around the world.Happy Thanksgiving!P.S.—don’t forget, Tuesday, Dec. 2 is #GivingTuesday! Click HERE to visit our #GivingTuesday page and join us on this special day in spreading joy!last_img read more

ASA Meets with InterAgency GLI Officials to Discuss Approved Biotech Events Commercial

first_imgASA Washington staff attended a meeting between the USBCA International Working Group and Administration officials who participate in the Global Low Level Presence Initiative (GLI), a multinational government group charged with addressing the adventitious presence of biotech events in commercial shipments. The meeting included representatives of USDA (FAS and APHIS), FDA, EPA, USTR and the State Department.  Several agencies have raised concerns that an LLP which meets commercial needs would be inconsistent with their current policies, which recognize approved biotech events as substantially equivalent to conventional products based on scientific reviews.  ASA and other organizations emphasized that these two goals do not need to conflict, and that commercially-based thresholds are commonly used in international trade, including for the presence of foreign material, grade standards, etc.  The agencies acknowledged the need to address the disconnect between their policies and the need to facilitate trade to avoid market disruptions and a follow-up meeting is expected in January.  The next meeting of the GLI will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico in late March.last_img read more

Winter could start with some snowflakes

first_imgRemember those snowflakes that fell Sunday evening? If forecasters have it right, another one of those incidents is on its way.The National Weather Service is reporting another weather will move into the area tonight.As of mid-morning, the forecast was for rain mixed with snowflakes in the metro area, with snow falling and sticking at elevations above 1,000 feet and in the Columbia River Gorge. However, “a good deal of uncertainty remains in the details,” according to the hazardous weather advisory.East wind will accompany the rain, particularly near the gorge.Wet weather is expected to linger through Christmas, though temperatures will rise slightly, making the odds of a white Christmas about as long as winning the lottery.last_img read more

Large snow flakes fall in Clark County

first_imgWell, that was fun.Snow fell in downtown Vancouver this morning. Honest to goodness, white flakes.The first flakes were spotted around 7:45 a.m. Snow was covering lawns, cars and roofs in Hazel Dell and Salmon Creek. Some plate-sized, heavy snow flakes were being reported throughout Clark County. The National Weather Service predicted snow levels would fall to between 500 and 1,000 feet after 1 p.m. But a curveball from Mother Nature upped the timeline. The weather service issued a Winter Weather Advisory at about 8 a.m.The morning’s large flakes were the product of somewhat rare circumstances: Big snow flakes are produced by the joining of smaller flakes during snowfalls in temperatures slightly above freezing when there’s little or no wind. Jeff Mize of Clark County Public Works said about two inches of snow fell in North County and Washougal. Mize said snow plows were activated in those areas. A handful of wrecks involving cars sliding off roads and into ditches and poles have been reported throughout Clark County, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian. Firefighters responding to the wrecks were being urged to drive cautiously.last_img read more

City mulls strict dangerous dog policy

first_imgVancouver dogs: One bad bite, and you could be out.Following a severe attack on a 9-year-old boy near downtown this year and coming on the heels of a now-dead discussion on banning pit bulls, the Vancouver City Council said Monday they may be in favor of a no-tolerance policy on keeping dangerous dogs within the city limits.The policy wouldn’t ban pups who, unprovoked, make a minor nip that barely breaks the skin. Those dogs would be named “potentially dangerous.” But if that dog does it again, it could be labeled a dangerous dog — and would no longer be allowed in Vancouver. Or, if a dog with no previous history of aggression, unprovoked, inflicts severe injury — broken bones or disfiguring lacerations that need multiple sutures or plastic surgery — or kills a domestic animal or livestock, it too could be deemed a dangerous dog and could no longer be kept in Vancouver.The policy the city council discussed would make Vancouver’s law stricter than those in unincorporated Clark County.County Animal Control staff and the City Attorney’s Office had come to the meeting Monday to recommend that Vancouver make its rules the same as the county’s, to avoid confusion. The city hasn’t thoroughly updated its animal laws since the mid-1980s.In the county, a dog that makes a minor bite unprovoked is given a “potentially dangerous dog” label, and if it offends again, it becomes a “dangerous dog.” Dogs that aggressively chase, charge or commit other aggressive behavior can also be named potentially dangerous. Dogs that inflict serious injury or kill another animal, even on the first time, become dangerous dogs. Owners of dangerous dogs must do a number of things to ensure their dog has limited contact with the public thereafter, including installing a six-sided enclosure (one with a top, bottom and sides) and signage; and obtaining a $250,000 surety bond or liability insurance, as well as a microchip and inspections. Licensing also costs $300 initially and $100 a year after that. If the dog leaves the house, it must be muzzled at all times. If a dog somehow bites again, it is euthanized. All incidents are subject to an appeal by owners.last_img read more

Vancouver City Council debate set for Friday evening

first_imgVancouver City Council Position 6 candidates Anne McEnerny-Ogle and Bill Turlay will debate at 7 p.m. Friday at the Fruit Valley Community Center, 3410 N.W. Fruit Valley Rd.The debate is hosted by the Fruit Valley Neighborhood Association and is open to the public. Questions from the audience will be featured.For more information, call Alice Glessner at 360-896-8379.last_img

Police Man fatally shot by officers at apartment complex was armed

first_imgVancouver police announced Tuesday that the man fatally shot by police on Jan. 18 was driving a stolen vehicle and was armed with a stolen handgun. Jesse John France, 29, was shot by officers of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in the Addison Apartments parking lot, 7531 N.E. 18th St. Law enforcement was searching for France, who was an ex-convict wanted for failing to check in with his community corrections officer. He was also a suspect in a suspect in several ongoing felony cases.In the apartment complex parking lot, France rammed an unmarked police vehicle, then escalated the situation before officers shot him, according to Vancouver police. France was pronounced dead at the scene.Kim Kapp, spokeswoman for the Vancouver Police Department, has declined to say how the situation escalated to the point where officers used deadly force.The Regional Major Crimes Team, a multi-agency team led by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, continues to investigate the officer-involved shooting. Anyone with additional information on this case is asked to contact the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.last_img read more

Freight train derails in Everett no injuries

first_imgSEATTLE (AP) — BNSF Railway says a freight train has derailed in Everett, leaving four cars off the track, but no injuries or spills.The main rail line north of Seattle is blocked by the cars.Railroad spokesman Gus Melonas says the cars that derailed around 4:10 a.m. Friday, just outside the rail yard nearly 30 miles north of Seattle. They were carrying barley and paper products.Amtrak and freight trains will drive around the derailment, as railroad workers spend the day getting the train back on the tracks and making any necessary track repairs.Sound Transit says northbound Sounder commuter trains will not run from Seattle to Everett on Friday.Melonas says the freight train was carrying 52 loaded cars and 13 empty ones from Everett to Vancouver, B.C. Three of the derailed cars were filled and one was empty.The train was traveling about 10 miles per hour when it derailed. The railroad is still investigating the cause.last_img read more

Clark College graduation Inspired to help

first_img78th Clark College commencement• Largest class in history, with 2,100 degrees and certificates.o About 750 graduates participated in the commencement.Top five degrees/certificates at Clark College in 2013-14 Associate in Arts: 522. Associate in Applied Nursing WSU Vancouver: 41. Associate in Applied Science Nursing: 86. Associate in Applied Science Medical Assistant: 28. Associate in Applied Business Administration: 66. Award recipientsExceptional Faculty Awardso Sarah Theberge, Early Childhood Education.o Jim Wilkins-Luton, Developmental Education/English.o Kelly Fielding, Psychology (adjunct).o Chris Martin, Computer Technology (adjunct).Exceptional Classified Staffo Jennifer Wheeler, Information Technology Services.o Joe Jenkins, Academic Advisor.Community College President’s Awardo Natasha Hambrook.In 2007, Turi Sado fled his homeland of Ethiopia and experienced a defining moment in a Kenyan refugee camp. He realized he wanted to become a nurse.“I witnessed a lot of people dying from simple things,” Sado said. “Women dying in pregnancy. Babies dying. That is what inspired me.”From that moment in a refugee camp, hope was born.Wearing a royal blue cap and gown, Sado, 38, stood among a sea of 750 other Clark College graduates Thursday night standing in line outside the Sleep Country Amphitheater waiting to walk into the college’s 78th commencement and receive their degrees.Sado crossed the stage and received his associate degree in applied nursing. In August, he will transfer to WSU Vancouver, where he plans to earn his bachelor’s degree in nursing. While he completes his education, he will continue working part time as a certified nursing assistant and medication assistant to reach his goal of become a traveling nurse.He said he has the opportunity to improve his family’s life and to make a difference in the lives of others.Although his father is still in Ethiopia, the rest of Sado’s family has emigrated to the U.S.Sado is mapping a hopeful future here with his own family, his girlfriend Temima Abda and their two children, ages 3 and 5.Nursing programs are among the most popular at Clark College.“There’s always work,” said Doug Hiivala, 28, who left the construction field to earn his nursing degree. “It sounded like the best bang for your buck.”last_img read more

Battle Ground man accused of kicking K9 during police chase

first_imgA Battle Ground man, who was being pursued by law enforcement, is accused of kicking a police dog at least 10 times early Tuesday before Clark County sheriff’s deputies subdued him with an electronic Taser weapon.The K-9, named Jango, escaped with minor injuries, including bruising, said sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Fred Neiman.Joseph W. Chumley, 36, appeared Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of harming a police dog, attempting to elude police, second-degree identity theft and third-degree theft. Judge John Nichols held Chumley in Clark County Jail in lieu of $70,000 bail and appointed Vancouver attorney Ed Dunkerly to defend him. Chumley is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Friday.Sheriff’s Deputy Adam Beck wrote in a court affidavit that he attempted to stop a green Saturn sedan for a possible traffic infraction just after 2 a.m. Tuesday at Northeast 88th Street and Northeast St. Johns Road. When he switched on his emergency lights, the sedan initially slowed and pulled over toward the shoulder of the road, then accelerated and continued east on Northeast 88th Street at a high rate of speed with the headlights shut off, Beck wrote.Beck followed the vehicle and stopped when he saw a construction worker on the side of the road at the intersection of Northeast Andresen Road and Northeast 88th Street. The construction worker said the sedan had just sped through the intersection at a high rate of speed and nearly struck him, according to Beck. The sedan then headed toward a parking lot at Home Depot, 8601 N.E. Andresen Road, the construction worker said, according to the court document.Beck said he located the sedan behind the store, but the vehicle was unoccupied. Several other deputies set up a containment perimeter around the store and sent Jango to track the driver. He led the deputies to some bushes, where deputies found Chumley and his girlfriend, Jensina Tech, Beck wrote.last_img read more

Trail Blazers hand Magic 6th straight loss 10392

first_imgPORTLAND — The Trail Blazers looked as though they would run away with a blowout. But they still needed a furious finish to vanquish the Orlando Magic. Behind 25 points from LaMarcus Aldridge and some late-game heroics from Wesley Matthews, the Blazers defeated the Magic 103-92 Saturday.Aldridge seemed like the only Blazer who had it going consistently much of the night. “He’s usually a stabilizing influence and he was that when he was on the court,” Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said of his All-Star. “We had to play him at the 5 a little bit tonight to give a different look, and he was effective with that.” Matthews scored 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter along with four of his eight rebounds and two steals that led to baskets. His best play was a steal on Orlando’s Victor Oladipo which gave him a chance for a 3-point play. “He came up with those and those are big momentum plays, big fourth-quarter plays,” Stotts said of Matthews’ defense.“That’s what he does for us,” said Damian Lillard of Matthews. “He does it every night. He plays hard, he’s a soldier and that’s what we’re used to. Tonight was him doing that once again.”Lillard had a rough night, going 3-of-10 from the field. But as usual he saved his best for the fourth quarter, scoring eight of his 16 points in the final period.last_img read more

Lackluster mass market behind Emperor Entertainment revenue fall

first_img New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Macau casino operator Emperor Entertainment Hotel Limited, which runs Grand Emperor Hotel and Inn Hotel Macau, saw its group-wide revenue fall 5.2% to HK$665.6 million in the six months to 30 September 2018, due primarily to a “lackluster” performance in its mass market gaming segment.Gaming revenue declined 6.8% to HK$546.7 million in the period, with mass revenue down 11.6% to HK$309.8 million on the company’s 67 mass tables. RelatedPosts Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Load More By comparison, VIP revenue held steady for the period at HK$217.4 million although rolling chip fell 6.7% to HK$9.7 billion on Emperor’s 10 self-managed VIP tables.Discussing the results, Emperor pointed to expanded capacity in Cotai as impacting its flagship Grand Emperor property on the Macau peninsula, adding that the company will now look to enhance its VIP business which it describes as its “core strength”.Despite the overall gaming decline, Emperor Entertainment saw a strong revenue increase in its hotel segment to HK$118.9 million.As a result of streamlining efforts, it also enjoyed an 8.7% increase in profit attributable to owners of the company to HK$128.9 million. Emperor declared a dividend of HK$0.028 cents per share.“The group is still positive regarding the long-term growth prospects for Macau’s gaming market given the increasing visitation and penetration of Chinese tourists to the city,” it said.“The improvement in transport link connecting the Chinese mainland and Macau also provides an underlying support for a sustained growth. The group is devoted to leverage on its competitive advantages and capture value-creating opportunities in Macau.”last_img read more

Chessington World of Adventures seeks Father Christmas for parttime role

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Although the summer holidays are still in full swing for many individuals, some organisations are getting a head start on preparing its workforce for the snow-encrusted festive season. For example, theme park Chessington World of Adventures is advertising for a part-time Father Christmas to work at the resort from November.Chessington World of Adventures, part of the Merlin Entertainments group, has posted on its recruitment site that it is looking for a male actor, performer or entertainer to fill some famously big boots as Father Christmas.The part-time contract starts in mid-November for the chosen candidate to complete training and rehearsals. However, the main task listed in the job description requires the selected Santa to work in the theme park’s grottos. These will be open on various dates between the 1 and 24 December 2018.As a key part of the job, the new Father Christmas will be required to “spread some festive cheer”, notes the online advert.Luckily, the chosen Santa will still be able to maintain his work-life balance and ongoing commitments in the North Pole in the run up to Christmas because the position offers part-time hours only.Here at Employee Benefits, we think it is a great idea for Chessington World of Adventures to get ahead on the hunt for a perfect Father Christmas; after all, suitable candidates do not just fall down the chimney…last_img read more

Timpson to be first employer to trial sidecar savings autoenrolment model

first_imgShoe repair organisation Timpson will be the first employer to trial a new ‘sidecar savings’ model for auto-enrolment, launched by Nest Insight.In a sidecar structure, contributions over and above the auto-enrolment minimum are managed through a mechanism designed to create an optimal level of liquid savings, while also maximising long-term savings.The Nest project will explore whether the model can help improve workers’ financial resilience both immediately and in retirement. According to research by the Money Advice Service (MAS) in 2016, only 44% of the UK population have £500 or more in liquid savings to hand for emergencies, and 26% have nothing.The trial is due to go live within workplaces over the coming months, with employees starting to make contributions at the beginning of 2019. Timpson’s 5,600 workers will be the first to participate.James Timpson, chief executive at Timpson, said: “Our [employees] are the heart and soul of our [organisation], and when they’re happy they provide the very best service to our customers. Financial wellbeing is an important part of this. We know that money worries can have a really negative impact on [employees’] health, happiness and productivity at work.“We’re delighted to be taking part in Nest Insight’s sidecar savings trial to help our employees become more financially resilient, both today and into their retirement.”Within the sidecar savings model, contributions paid into the combined account structure will at first be distributed between the emergency savings account and the pension pot. When the balance in the emergency account reaches a predetermined threshold level, known as the ‘savings cap’, all contributions will start ‘rolling’ into the pension pot.If at any point the saver withdraws funds from the emergency account, and so reduces the balance to a level below the savings cap, future contributions will once again commence being divided between the emergency account and the illiquid pension pot.Workers participating in the trial will be monitored for two years to assess sign-up rates, how much they save and the impact on their financial wellbeing.The JP Morgan Chase Foundation and MAS will be providing support for the trial. MAS will also be working with Nest Insight directly on the research. The sidecar account will be provided by Salary Finance, working alongside the Nest pension pot.Michael Royce, strategic lead on budgeting and saving at MAS, said: “Many millions of adults who are financially squeezed or financially struggling lack a savings buffer to help them cope if they were to face an unexpected bill. All too often, these costs can lead to financial difficulty.“This is why MAS is delighted to be partnering with Nest Insight to test the innovative concept of sidecar savings. We hope that it builds on emerging evidence that workplace savings initiatives can be an effective means of helping people enhance their financial resilience throughout their working lives both for the short-to-medium term and for when they move into retirement.”last_img read more

Man convicted of beating Fort Lauderdale homeless man to death gets new

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida man convicted of a brutal beating is getting a new trial.According to police, surveillance video captured Thomas Daughtery fatally beating Norris Gaynor, a homeless man, with a bat, back in January of 2006. Daughtery and two friends attacked Gaynor who was sleeping on a bench in Fort Lauderdale.The state supreme court ruled, Thursday, that the jury who found him guilty was given flawed instructions.In 2008, he was convicted of second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison.His sentence was later reduced to 40 years since he was a minor during the time of the crime.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Second undercover detective shot in NW MiamiDade released from hospital

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – An undercover Miami-Dade Police officer is home from the hospital after this week’s high-profile, ambush style attack in Northwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Police Detective Terrence White was released from Jackson Memorial Hospital, Thursday afternoon.White and fellow MDPD Detective Charles Woods were rushed to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Monday night, after they were both shot in an ambush-style attack while sitting inside of an unmarked police vehicle.Woods was treated and released the following day.Nineteen-year-old Damian Thompson, who is now behind bars without bail, is accused of pulling the trigger.Thompson appeared before a judge, Thursday, where he was charged with attempted first-degree murder, battery on a police officer and resisting an officer with violence.Three other suspects are also under arrest in connection to the case for assisting in the crime. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Students at Stoneman Douglas set to return to normal class schedule

first_imgPARKLAND, FLA. (WSVN) – Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas will be returning to a normal schedule later this week.Last Wednesday students returned to school for the first time since the Valenine’s Day shooting that left 17 dead. They were only asked to come for a half day, and continued that schedule for the rest of the week.Monday and Tuesday will be similar — with classes ending at 12:40 p.m.According to the principal, the focus remains on healing and support.However, starting this Wednesday, administrators plan to return to a full schedule.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Colorado school district enforces 4day school week

first_img(WSVN) – It looks like there will be no more Mondays for a school district in Colorado.According to Fox 31, thousands of students in Adams, Broomfield and Weld counties will be kicking off the school year with a newly enforced rule — a four-day school week.The district said by cutting Mondays, they will save about $1 million a year on transportation and utility costs. However, parents say they’ll be the ones paying the price.That’s because working parents will now have to find someone to look after their children on Mondays.Fox 31 reports middle school and high school students in the district will attend classes Tuesday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. While most elementary schools will offer child care for $30 a day.Other, more rural school districts in the state have already implemented 4-day school weeks. However, School District 27J is one of the largest districts in the state. “Nationally, we’re probably one of the largest [districts],” district spokeswoman Tracy Rudnick told Fox 31 in an interview. “So this will be an interesting year because people will be watching how we do.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Surveillance video shows armed robbery at Hollywood Wendys

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – The Hollywood Police Department has released surveillance video footage of an armed robbery at a Hollywood Wendy’s and is asking for the public’s help.The robbery occurred around 1 a.m. on Feb. 19, at a Wendy’s restaurant located in the area of North 35th Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard.Cameras captured the moment the man entered the doors of the restaurant and pointed a gun at employees before making his way to the other side of the counter.The employees were able to lock themselves in a back office until the robber left.The man left the Wendy’s without taking any money.If you have any information on this armed robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more