ASA and dozens of other agriculture stakeholders signed on to a letter this week to the four House sponsors of H.R. 935, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2013. Identical legislation (H.R. 872) passed the House in 2012, which would eliminate new permitting requirements for pesticide applications that occur over water.The agriculture community has long maintained that these applications are regulated by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and that new permitting requirements are duplicative and unnecessary. The cosponsors of the legislation are Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), Austin Scott (R-Ga.), Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) and Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.).”(A)ll pesticide applications are already stringently regulated through FIFRA, including applications to and near water. EPA’s FIFRA registration program contains specific consideration for such use patterns,” stated the groups in the letter. “The permits’ compliance requirements impose resource and liability burdens on thousands of small businesses, farms, municipalities, counties, and state and federal agencies legally responsible for protecting public health, and exposes them to citizen lawsuits over infractions as minor as paperwork violations. Ultimately, we believe that the permit jeopardizes public health protection and the economy as regulators and businesses expend time and resources to implement and comply with these permits, all for no additional environmental benefits.”read more
Guatemalan food company Alimentos Sociedad Anonima (Alimentos SA) launched three soy-based Amelia cream soups in March. Ugandan food maker SESACO Ltd. has introduced SoySip, a just-add-hot-water beverage that comes with packets of ginger and sugar. As the United States recognizes April as Soyfoods month, the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) salutes its partners in developing countries for their 2013-2014 introductions of exciting new African and Hispanic foods made with soy protein ingredients.”We are seeing a bumper crop of new foods containing soy offered by companies and groups that WISHH has assisted through training, product samples and more,” said WISHH Chairman David Iverson, a South Dakota soybean grower. “The U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Agency for International Development (USAID) and soybean checkoff funds are assisting WISHH and its partners to help meet the enormous need for protein in nutritious foods that are also affordable and available for developing country diets.”Thanks to USDA Foreign Agricultural Service support, WISHH’s many spring 2014 activities include hosting educational conferences in Kenya and Ghana. At these programs, African and U.S. food industry as well as government participants explore opportunities in school feeding and retail programs to offer healthier foods.WISHH’s USAID-supported work in Liberia is also an example of how production of new soy-based foods creates jobs, including for women, and makes much-needed protein available to local diets. Under the USAID-HANDS program, WISHH and Opportunities Industrialization Centers International have built two processing facilities where women manufacture fortified-blended “Super Gari” cereal made with local cassava. Adding U.S. defatted soy flour helps fill the protein gap that was in the traditional gari.Click here to see SoySip, Amelia Cream soups and other examples of the new products that WISHH’s partners have introduced in the last year.Interested in trying to make some international soyfoods yourself? Click here for WISHH and the World Soy Foundation’s recipe book produced by the National Soybean Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois.For more information about Soyfoods Month click here. U.S. and developing country diets share common ground in that protein is needed for good health. The majority of U.S. consumers (78 percent) agree that protein contributes to a healthy diet and more than half of adults say they want more of it in their diets, reported the NPD Group in a study released in March.Global protein ingredient market revenues are expected to reach USD 28.90 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research. Plant proteins—led by soy– accounted for over 56 percent of global volumes in 2013, and are expected to continue dominating the market over the next six years, growing at an estimated compound annual growth rate of 6.3 percent from 2014 to 2020. Soy-based ingredients accounted for more than 70 percent of global volumes in 2013.WISHH is a trade-development program. Since U.S. soybean farmers founded WISHH in 2000, it has worked in 24 countries to improve diets, as well as encouraged growth of food industries. The WISHH program is managed from ASA’s world headquarters in St. Louis. For more information, visit www.wishh.org.read more
Davie Stephens, of Clinton, Ky., will serve as 2019 American Soybean Association (ASA) president, following a vote of the ASA board this morning in St. Louis.Stephens previously served as secretary of ASA, and has been an ASA national Director since 2012. He was elected to represent his fellow farmers on the Kentucky Soybean Association board from 2006-14, serving as treasurer, secretary, vice-president and president during his three, three-year terms.Stephens farms more than 5,000 acres in Kentucky. In addition to soybeans, he grows corn and raises chickens in four poultry barns. Stephens farms with his father and has almost 30 years of experience raising crops.Stephens replaces John Heisdorffer as president, and Heisdorffer moves to the role of ASA chairman. Former chairman Ron Moore, of Illinois, rotates off the nine-member ASA Governing Committee.The ASA Board also elected Bill Gordon, of Minnesota, to serve as vice president, a position that places him in line to serve as the association’s president in 2020.Gordon is a fourth generation farmer who grows 50/50 soybeans and corn across 2,000 acres, including 250 acres of buffer strips and wetlands. He’s also the owner of Lindquist Tax and Accounting and owner/partner of CRG Management Company, a full service business including farm analysis and planning.In addition, the ASA board voted to elect Bret Davis, Ohio, as secretary; Brad Kremer, of Wisconsin, as treasurer; and Kevin Scott, of South Dakota, Joe Steinkamp, of Indiana, Brad Doyle, of Arkansas, and Ronnie Russell, of Missouri, as at-large members of the governing committee.New members beginning their nine-year terms on the ASA board are Daryl Cates, of Illinois, David Droste, of Illinois, and Christopher Hill, of Minnesota.read more
BERKELEY, Calif. — Chris Polk scored on a 1-yard run as time expired, and Washington denied California bowl eligibility while keeping its own postseason hopes alive with a thrilling 16-13 victory Saturday.Quarterback Jake Locker, who threw an earlier 80-yard touchdown pass, was stopped on consecutive sneak attempts on second and third down from the 1 before Polk came through for the Huskies. The winning touchdown set of a celebratory pileup behind the end zone, and the players danced near their contingent of fans well after the game ended.Washington (5-6, 4-4 Pac-10) still needs a victory in next weekend’s Apple Cup rivalry game at Washington State to reach its first bowl since 2002.NEXT GAMEWashington at Washington State, 4 p.m. Saturday.TV: VERSUS (cable Channel 32).Radio: AM 1330 (WSU broadcast)Cal (5-7, 3-6), playing in a downpour for much of the final game at Memorial Stadium before the 87-year-old venue undergoes a major renovation, lost its third straight and couldn’t rebound from an embarrassing rout by rival Stanford in last week’s Big Game. The Golden Bears’ postseason streak is over after a seven-year run.Locker — still playing with a broken rib — went 17 for 27 for 237 yards and was sacked three times. He set up the winning score with a 46-yard completion to a diving Jermaine Kearse.read more
TAMPA, Fla. — Mitt Romney routed Newt Gingrich in the Florida primary Tuesday night, rebounding smartly from an earlier defeat and taking a major step toward the Republican presidential nomination. Gingrich vowed to press on despite the one-sided setback.Romney, talking unity like a nominee, said he was ready to take the Republican helm and “lead this party and our nation.” In remarks to cheering supporters, the former Massachusetts governor unleashed a strong attack on Democratic President Barack Obama and said the competitive fight for the GOP nomination “does not divide us, it prepares us” for the fall campaign.“Mr. President, you were elected to lead, you chose to follow, and now it’s time to get out of the way,” he declared.Returns from 98 percent of Florida’s precincts showed Romney with 46 percent of the vote to 32 percent for Gingrich, the former House speaker.Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum had 13 percent, and Texas Rep. Ron Paul 7 percent. Neither mounted a substantial effort in the state.For the first time in the campaign, exit polls showed a gender gap, and it worked to Romney’s advantage. He was leading Gingrich 52-28 among women voters and was winning men by a far smaller margin of 41-36. Ominously for the thrice-married Gingrich, only about half of women voters said they had a favorable view of him as a person, compared to about eight in 10 for Romney.Nor was Romney’s victory a narrow one. His winning percentage approached 50 percent and a majority that would demolish Gingrich’s oft-stated contention that the voters who oppose Romney outnumber those who favor him.read more
Sanford Jones, a foreman with Weatherguard Inc. of Longview, makes his way up a ladder Friday to the roof of a house on Officers Row. While all the houses are at least 100 years old, “The prize was the Marshall House,” Jones said. “That was the cream of the crop of the job.” Officers Row has sheltered some significant historical figures in the last 150 years.These days, it’s a place where people can lease a residence or an office, eat lunch at the Grant House or soak up some heritage in the Marshall House. And for years to come, they will all have a roof over their heads.A preservation project is putting new roofs on 11 buildings on Officers Row, a stretch of Evergreen Boulevard that provides a portal to Vancouver’s 19th-century roots.o The oldest of the 21 houses on Officers Row is the Grant House, built in 1849; the newest was built in 1907.The project’s partners — the city of Vancouver, the National Park Service and the nonprofit Fort Vancouver National Trust — illustrate the row’s blend of roles as municipal asset and national cultural resource.After the U.S. Army declared it surplus, the city acquired Officers Row in 1984 for $1. But it took an $11 million rehabilitation project to get the buildings presentable again.Now the Fort Vancouver National Trust, which manages the property for the city, has put together a capital facilities plan to keep ahead of maintenance and preservation problems.read more
This weekend’s top stories and news you may have missed:Benton’s ballyhooed management experience is hazyDon Benton traded on his experience managing his own company to land a top job in local government.But it’s difficult to say just how much managing he did there. The company’s main employees appear to be Benton and his wife. Not only that, the company’s biggest disclosed client is Benton’s Senate campaign.Benton, a five-term state senator, has declined to list his company’s clients on financial disclosure forms, despite state laws that apparently require him to do so. Campaign expenditure reports, however, show Benton’s 2012 campaign for state Senate funneled $100,000 in advertising payments through the company.Benton’s private-sector experience escaped scrutiny when Clark County Commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke appointed the fellow Republican politician three months after forcing out the previous department director.Democratic Commissioner Steve Stuart alleged cronyism. Past boards of commissioners relied on the human resources department and county administrator to narrow the field of applicants to be department heads — vetting résumés, conducting multiple interviews and inviting candidates to meet with the prospective department staff in a process that typically took three months. Kumoricon attendee Trevor Scott, 21, of Longview turns away from a mirror after fixing his costume depicting Drossel Keinz from the anime series “Black Butler.” The convention took over the Hilton Vancouver Washington and the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay as well as Esther Short Park.read more
Authorities in Rhode Island say that a missing 6-year-old Rhode Island boy may be in Washington, according to Washington State Patrol.Troopers were contacted today by the Rhode Island State Police, who said that they believe that Daniel Britt may be in the state with his non-custodial mother Andria Britt.Daniel Britt reportedly went missing between Jan. 7 and 9 after Andria Britt failed to show up for a custodial hearing, according to a press release issued by state patrol. A Rhode Island judge determined there was a risk of immediate harm to the child, according to the release.Authorities say Andria Britt may be traveling in one of two vehicles: a gray 1992 Chevrolet Astro Van with Washington plates ABR1512 or a red Ford Focus with Rhode Island plates 942649.Washington State Patrol has not issued an Amber Alert but asks that anyone who spots Daniel Britt, Andria Britt or the described vehicles call 911 immediately.read more
State officials are finalizing rules that would put increased scrutiny on the sale of older, longer barges and ships in Washington.The Department of Natural Resources is preparing to roll out many of the new requirements later this year. Among the biggest changes: Anyone who owns a vessel that’s at least 40 years old and 65 feet long will have to provide documentation of a recent inspection before selling it or transferring ownership.The rules were created by a new law approved by the Washington Legislature in 2013. Many of them take effect July 1. And it was a costly mess on the Columbia River in 2011 that helped spur action, said Melissa Ferris, manager of DNR’s Derelict Vessel Removal Program.The botched dismantling of the derelict barge Davy Crockett spilled oil into the Columbia near Camas and prompted a complex cleanup that ultimately cost $22 million. In 2012, the fishing vessel Deep Sea caught fire and sank at Whidbey Island, costing the state $3 million to raise, remove and dispose of the ship.“That kind of created the political impetus to do something,” Ferris said of the two incidents.The rules pertaining to vessel inspections, which would apply to hundreds of vessels across the state, take effect July 1. Part of the goal is to prevent vessels from becoming derelict or abandoned, according to DNR. The agency hosted a series of open house meetings last week, including one in Vancouver.Some details are still being worked out. The original legislation stated that vessel inspections must happen within six months of a sale or transfer, for example, but that window may be shortened based on recent comments, said Lisa Randlette, a DNR environmental resources planner.read more
ST. LOUIS — A state senator and other black leaders on Thursday called for the Justice Department to investigate the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white St. Louis police officer, an incident that some protesters are likening to the death of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson.St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said the 18-year-old, identified by his mother and police as Vonderrit D. Myers, shot at the off-duty officer Wednesday night and the officer returned fire. The shooting led to an angry protest.Syreeta Myers told The Associated Press by phone Thursday that her son wasn’t armed, as police contend. She said he was holding a sandwich when he was killed, not a gun.“Police lie. They lied about Michael Brown, too,” she said.More than 20 black leaders gathered for a news conference outside police headquarters and questioned why the officer approached Vonderrit Myers in the first place.“This here was racial profiling turned deadly,” state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed said.The St. Louis Democrat said that in addition to requesting a Justice Department investigation, she will ask Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to appoint a special panel to look into concerns about profiling and police use of deadly force. The Justice Department is already investigating the shooting of Brown on Aug. 9 in Ferguson. A state grand jury is still deciding if Darren Wilson, the white officer who shot the unarmed, black 18-year-old, will face charges.read more
Just under half (45%) of respondents would welcome the introduction of wearable technology in the workplace, according to research by PMI Health Group.The research, which surveyed 1,197 UK adults aged between 18 and 64 years old, also found that 40% of respondents would object to sharing personal, health-related data generated by wearables with their employers.Around one in 10 (9%) of respondents are already offered wearables by their employer. This figure rises among employees in London, where more than a quarter (26%) of respondents are offered wearables by their employer.Mike Blake (pictured), director at PMI Health Group, part of Willis Towers Watson, said: “Wearables have become commonplace in recent years and their popularity provides employers with a golden opportunity to collect valuable data that can be used to improve health and wellbeing.“Already, we have seen several examples of businesses operating [employer-funded] wearable schemes, where employees accept devices in the understanding that the data generated will be shared with their employers.“Such initiatives can form part of wider health and wellbeing programmes, helping businesses to identify areas of risk and empower staff to take positive action. Not only could this enable a more proactive approach to absence management, tackling worrying trends before they become problematic, but it could also help to reduce claims and health insurance costs in the long term.”read more
Workers at American restaurant chain TGI Friday’s who are members of the union Unite have begun strike action today (24 August 2018), in continuation of a dispute regarding tips and minimum wage.The strike is being undertaken by employees at restaurants in Milton Keynes, Covent Garden and Stratford City. Protests will be taking place today and tomorrow (25 August 2018), and the walkout will end at midnight on Sunday 26 August.This is the latest in a series of industrial actions organised by Unite in protest of a new policy introduced in January. The union states that employees were given two days’ notice regarding a change that sees a percentage of tips from card payments earned by wait staff redirected to bolster kitchen wages. Unite alleges that this is to avoid paying kitchen staff a higher wage, and costs minimum wage employees £250 a month.Dave Turnbull, Unite regional officer, said: “Our members are striking for a historical fifth time, not because they wanted to but because they’re not being listened to. It is [organisations] like TGI Friday’s that give the hospitality industry a bad reputation. The sooner it realises that the workers will no longer stand idly by and be exploited, the better it will be.”The series of protests, the most recent of which took place on 4 July 2018 across three London restaurants, as well as sites in the north-west, Wales and Glasgow, aim to commence discussion with the organisation to put an end to the policy across the chain’s 81 UK sites.“It is inexcusable that a company, which claims to have the best interests of its workers at heart, can continue to refuse to sit down with our members and their union to settle this dispute,” Turnbull continued. “Unite will continue to maker the case for action in these branches to expose bad practice across the entire business. Our message to the [organisation] is ‘pay your staff fairly and talk to the union’. Together we can find a sensible solution to this dispute.”A TGI Friday’s spokesperson said: “Our team members are a part of our Fridays family, and we care about them. We believe all our team members should be, and are, treated and paid fairly. [100%] of tips go, as they have always done, to our team members, and our tipping and pay policies are separate. Overall, the change to our tipping policy has had positive feedback from our Fridays Family. However, we are listening to the small minority of our team members who are unhappy with the changes and are collectively working to find a resolution.”read more
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (WSVN) — A truck fire is out, after causing traffic backups on Interstate 95 during the Tuesday morning commute.7Skyforce flew over the scene of the dump truck fire, in Miami Gardens.The truck is located between Ives Dairy Road and Miami Gardens Drive, on the shoulder of the southbound lanes of I-95. Two right lanes were blocked as fire rescue crews responded to the fire.There were no reports of injuries.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Several South Florida cargo pilots are participating in a strike.DHL pilots gathered outside of a Kalitta Air bargaining meeting in Fort Lauderdale to voice their anger.They are upset by stalled contract negotiations and the protesters said they’re ready to walk off the job.“We’re out here doing the informational picketing to let DHL know that as a worldwide company, they need to treat the North American Network and the pilots that fly in the North American Network fairly,” said one protester.More than 2,000 pilots voted on the issue and 99 percent were in support of striking if necessary.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida organization honored local heroes at a dinner held in Brickell, Sunday night.The nonprofit MSP Cares hosted “A Night of Hope” at the JW Marriott Miami. The event recognized several guests of honor for their work with hurricane relief efforts, including Peter Gary, the CEO of Pinnacle Advertising and Marketing.“It’s been a three-phase project,” said Gary. “First, to bring goods and services down. Secondly, we wanted to make sure that we could set up efforts to get small businesses back up online. Lastly, we wanted to bring in the efforts to get grants for the small businesses to get up and running.”7’s own Diana Diaz hosted the elegant dinner that was sponsored by WSVN, the Dade County Bar Association and MSP Recovery law firm.The event helped raise thousands of dollars for hurricane relief in the Florida Keys and Puerto Rico.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.read more
MIAMI (WSVN) – The owner of an expensive motorcycle is reeling, one day after, he said, thieves swiped the brand-new vehicle from his apartment building in Brickell.According to the victim, he valet parked his Ducati motorcycle at the building, located along the 1000 block of Brickell Avenue, Saturday.A short while later, the owner said, a white van drove up to the 10th floor, where the motorcycle was parked. Surveillance video shows two subjects getting out of the van, dragging the Ducati into the back of their vehicle and driving off.The owner had just bought the motorcycle a week ago and was told his vehicle would be targeted.“The bike cost 50 grand,” said owner Jeannot Pierre. “I was so excited about the bike. I drove it a couple times. I parked it in front of my car because the guy even told me, ‘Like, look, be careful with your bike, ’cause people want to steal that bike,’ so I parked it in front of my car, locked it — I did everything I could possibly do to keep the bike secure.”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.read more
(WSVN) – The group 100 Black Men of South Florida came together to help feed families for the upcoming holiday.They continued their mission of spreading the joy of Thanksgiving by handing out over 1,000 meal boxes to individuals and families in need, Saturday.For two decades, the group has served Florida residents in need with baskets of traditional Thanksgiving meals.“It’s very important to us to make sure that our mentees see us giving back in the community and participate in giving back into the community by helping to package together all of the Thanksgiving boxes,” said Steven Johnson, president of the 100 Black Men of South Florida.The group was able to distribute full meals to over 48 different community-based organizations across Miami-Dade and Broward counties with assistance from Publix and UPS.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.read more
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Firefighters came to the rescue of Benji the dog after she found herself stuck in wet cement.Palm Beach County Fire Rescue units jumped into action and chipped away at the concrete that was quickly drying around the animal. Crews were eventually able to dig Benji out to safety.The puppy is now recovering.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
VIRGINIA KEY, FLA. (WSVN) – A barrier set up to keep people out of the area near the Ultra Music Festival in Virginia Key fell over, causing a chain-reaction accident.Miami-Dade Police said the barrier set up across from the Miami Marine Stadium struck a pole when it fell over, which then landed on top of a vehicle, Wednesday afternoon.No injuries were reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Held every January, the annual chamber event gives special recognition to businesses and individuals that provide outstanding service to the Soldotna Chamber and the local community. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Chamber-lunch-awards.mp3VmJennifer-on-Chamber-lunch-awards.mp300:00RPd Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce held the 59th annual Soldotna Chamber Awards Luncheon, yesterday afternoon. Shannon Davis, Soldotna Chamber Director: “We had a fantastic turn out, I think we had just under 200 people there. We love recognizing all of our community partners, and having the community gather to see our wonderful award winners get the recognition that they deserve.” This year, Airport Rental Equipment took home Business of the Year. Chuck Winters was in attendance to accept the award. The other awards received during the event were; Marguerite McIntosh, Peninsula Community Health Services won the Commitment to Customer Service award, Maggie Lupton, Magpye’s Pizzeria won the Commitment to Youth award, Scott Heusier with Kaladi Bros. Coffee took home Volunteer of the Year, Bonnie Nichols with CPG won Excellence in Profession, followed by Bob Sizemore for Person of the Year. The Small Business of the Year award went to Pamela and Mathew Parker from Everything Bagels.read more