The American Soybean Association (ASA) announces the following committee members for 2010, as assigned by ASA President Rob Joslin, a soybean producer from Sidney, Ohio. Committee assignments were made following ASA’s winter Board of Director’s meeting in Saint Louis.Public Affairs Committee Chairman Alan Kemper (IN) is joined by committee members Charles Cannatella (LA), Dan Feige (SD), Kelly Forck (MO), Ray Gaesser (IA), Ted Glaub (AR), Tim Goodenough (WI), Leo Guilbeault (Canada), Bob Henry (KS), Robert Ross (OK), Curt Sindergard (IA), Jeff Sollars (OH), Lawrence Sukalski (MN), Jack Trumbo (KY) and Wyatt Whitford (NC).The Membership & Corporate Relations Committee Chairman is Steve Wellman (NE), with committee members James Andrew (IA), Ron Bunjer (MN), Mark Detweiler (GA/FL), Bruce Hall (VA), Mark Jackson (IA), Ron Kindred (IL), Joseph Mills (AL), David Poppens (SD), Mike Skinner (TX), Warren Stemme (MO), Richard Wilkins (M-A) and Bob Worth (MN).Randy Mann was appointed Chairman of the Trade Policy & International Affairs Committee. Committee members are Dennis Bogaards (IA), Dan Beenken (IA), Mike Cunningham (IL), M.D. Floyd (SC), John Freeman (AR), Scott Fritz (IN), Kevin Hoyer (WI), Jim Miller (NE), Ron Moore (IL), Danny Murphy (MS), Jason Nelson (ND), Barb Overlie (MN), Lance Peterson (MN), Joe Steiner (OH) and Andy Welden (MI).Joe Steiner was appointed Chairman of the Finance Committee, with Charles Cannatella (LA), Ray Gaesser (IA), Ted Glaub (AR), Bob Henry (KS) and Joseph Mills (AL) serving as committee members.
The World Soy Foundation (WSF) is celebrating “Acre Challenge Month” this July! Part of the celebration is sharing more of our “Why I Support” video series each week. To start the month, here’s Danny Murphy from Canton, Mississippi—past American Soybean Association (ASA) President and current Chairman—explaining why he chooses to support the WSF and why all U.S. soybean farmers should consider doing the same. Click the picture above to check it out.We want to thank Danny for his support! If you’d like to join Danny in helping to reduce malnutrition through the power of soy, visit us online or check us out on Twitter (@TheWSF), Facebook and YouTube!
In preparation for the new Congress and upcoming farm bill debate, the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) and coalition partners, including the American Soybean Association (ASA), collaborated to share “Crop Insurance Myths vs Facts” and help debunk common misconceptions about the crop insurance program.This Week’s MythMyth: Crop insurance is only for big corn, soybean, wheat and cotton farmers.Fact: Crop insurance is available for more than 100 crops and to farmers of all sizes and in all 50 states.The number of acres of fruit, vegetables and other specialty crop covered by crop insurance increased from 7.7 million acres in 2009 to nearly 8.3 million acres in 2015. That’s an increase of 8 percent in just 6 years.Many specialty crops are insured at rates similar to or even higher than row crops such as corn, soybeans and wheat.
Washington, D.C. August 22, 2019. It’s a federal program designed to increase markets for American farmers, decrease U.S. dependency on foreign oil, and curb the carbon footprint through reduced emissions. Yet, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is again taking hits this year from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the form of small refinery waivers and flat biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuels volumes for 2020/2021 that, in effect, send the industry staggering backwards.“These decisions are a one-two punch for the biofuel industry, and bottom line, farmers. But, we are heartened by the support we are getting from USDA and members of Congress, including Senator Grassley and many others speaking up and fighting for the RFS. They understand the value not just for biodiesel producers and soybean farmers, but rural economies, the environment, and U.S. consumers,” said Rob Shaffer, American Soybean Association (ASA) director and chair of the organization’s Biodiesel and Infrastructure Committee.Immediately following EPA’s decision to allow 31 additional small refinery exemptions, one of the largest biodiesel producers in the country announced the shutdown of three plants located in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Mississippi. Other large producers have announced closings and laid off workers, with more closings and layoffs likely if these policies remain unstable.Shaffer continued, “We may be reeling, but we are not KO’d. Congress can enact an extension of the biodiesel tax credit, and the administration can still get the RFS back on stable footing. This program, with their help, can accomplish what was intended: Higher levels of domestic, renewable fuels that enhance energy diversity and security; promotion of jobs and value for farmers and rural economies; and environmental benefits from reduced emissions.”ASA asks that President Trump uphold his commitments to support the RFS and American farmers by increasing the RFS, and urges Congress to get the biodiesel tax credit extension completed. Retroactive waivers of RFS volumes, the zero growth proposed for future RFS volumes, and inaction on the biodiesel tax credit are all compounding pressure on a soybean industry already facing a down farm economy, the lingering trade war with China, and seasonal weather-related issues.The American Soybean Association (ASA)represents U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international policy issues important to the soybean industry. ASA has 26 affiliated state associations representing 30 soybean producing states and more than 300,000 soybean farmers. More information at https://soygrowers.com/. ###
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — With the increasing use of traffic cameras and surveillance cameras, a large area of downtown Spokane is now being watched on video nearly continuously.The Spokesman-Review reports security cameras are watching River Park Square mall, the Spokane City Hall, The Spokane Transit Authority Plaza, the federal building, post office, the Pavilion in Riverfront Park and numerous businesses. Nearly 50 intersections in Spokane County are managed by traffic cameras.While some worry about the privacy invasion, Marla Nunberg of the Downtown Spokane Partnership says the mere presence of a camera can be a deterrent to crime.Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com
The first two autumn storms of the season will arrive Sunday and Monday around western Washington. The first is rather weak but still some rain will fall locally and slightly breezy. The second one Monday is much stronger, with some steady rain and notably windy especially along the coast. This weather system contains moisture from the deadly typhoon Roke that struck Japan last week.Winds along the exposed headlands of the Washington coast could see winds upward of 50 mph. Rainfall could top two inches in the Olympics and Cascades, while western valleys receive a quarter to one-half inch of rain. The greatest rainfall amounts will be to our north, however. Sounds like fall, eh?I wish I could be down at the coast bundled up in a rain parka and taking a stroll (safely) along the beach, feeling the salt air against my face while watching the rain dripping off the brim of my rain hood. Ah, fresh air and a good warm up for the active weather season soon to be commonplace. Freezing levels will be rather high, so any snow in the Cascades will be near mountain peaks. Looking at Mount Hood and Mount St. Helens on Saturday morning, snow from last season can still be seen on the rocky slopes. The forecast isn’t all bad. Things look like they will settle back down midweek with more peeks of the autumn sunshine and highs inching back up to 70 degrees or a notch higher, perhaps. Still, time to speed up the remaining garden harvest, get the yard in shape for winter and have things set for the colder and wetter weather ahead.Many of you commented how the rains last week did a good job splitting the tomatoes in the backyard garden. A few tufts of green appear here and there across the brown dried out fields and I only see a small splash of fall color so far. Still lots of green trees.
Nearly 3,000 women turned out in downtown Vancouver on Sunday morning for the Girlfriends Half Marathon, a fundraiser for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.In its fifth year, the event raised an estimated $50,000 for the Komen foundation, said Sherri McMillan, owner of Northwest Personal Training and the run sponsor.“This year, we grew by 1,000 women, and it was so smooth,” McMillan said Sunday afternoon.She noted that firefighters at the finish line presented runners with necklaces and other treats included chocolate, massages and tea and cookies.McMillan said she started the event to support her friend Joleen Skarberg of Vancouver, who was fighting breast cancer. Cancer-free for four years, Skarberg competed at Sunday’s race, as she has each year, along with family members.The 13.1-mile race took runners to Wintler Park on the Columbia River and back to downtown via the Vancouver Land Bridge and Officers Row.For more details on the run, see Tuesday’s Community Sports page.
Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc., which has operations in Vancouver, is one of nine recipients of Intel’s prestigious Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement in 2011. The award recognizes a company’s extraordinary commitment to quality and exceptional performance related to Intel’s goals, and is Intel’s highest honor for its suppliers.Hitachi Kokusai provided diffusion furnaces deemed vital to Intel’s success. Kokusai has won the award eight times since 1997, and this is its fifth consecutive year it has earned the recognition. The company has 25 employees in Vancouver’s Columbia Tech Center, another 25 in Hillsboro, Ore., and a total of 102 in North America.
People were asking me what kind of a weekend it would be — a work out in the yard type or a stay in with a good book type. I advised having a good read; after all, you had last weekend to get outdoors and strain yourself!Decent rains fell Thursday and Friday, pushing our April total to well over 1/2 inch. With more forecast Saturday night and today we will top the 1-inch mark for sure. Behind the front, blustery winds will surface today with possible afternoon thunderstorms. April in all its glory!Cooler air will arrive in the mountains for 5-10 inches of fresh snow mainly above 4,000 feet today and Monday. This week looks unsettled at times — April showers in the forecast all week, but a few breaks.I was thinking April would be dry and warm, but so far it’s wet — even though there was no measurable rain in the first three days. Then, in Vancouver, both April 4 and 5 saw 0.26 of an inch of rain. The average mean temperature for the first five days of the month was 56.1 degrees, 5.7 degrees above average. So the warm part verifies but with cool temperatures on tap all week that average will slide.Have you noticed all that yellow pollen on your car and other surfaces? Boy, just think — we are breathing that in. I am taking my daily antihistamine or I would be in deep weeds right now. The rains will help settle it but when things dry out and the wind blows, back it will bounce. Spring allergy season is here from now until the field and pasture grasses take over sniffle duties in June.Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://weathersystems.com.
ALOHA, Ore. — Authorities say two small, homemade explosive devices detonated in the Aloha area with one leaving a woman with minor injuries and the other damaging a mailbox.The Washington County Sheriff’s office says that the first occurred Saturday afternoon at a portable toilet at the International School of Beaverton. A 40-year-old Washington woman injured her head and was treated at a hospital and released.The areas around the school and a park were evacuated and searched but no other devices were found.The office says that a little while after the first blast, another small device went off at a home about a quarter-mile away and caused minor damage to a mail box.There was no word of any suspects or a motive. The office says it’s investigating.
A 74-year-old woman appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Monday on suspicion of shooting at her adult nephew early Wednesday at his Vancouver home. Judge John Nichols held Maxine Fowlkes of Las Vegas, Nev., in the Clark County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail and appointed Vancouver attorney Ed Dunkerly to defend her. She is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 12 on charges of first-degree domestic violence assault and felony domestic violence harassment.Fowlkes was intoxicated when she fired a single round in the direction of her nephew, Vance Lasueur, 57, but missed her target, according to Vancouver police.No one was injured. Vancouver police responded at about 2 a.m. to 2115 Carlson Road in the Meadow Homes neighborhood after receiving multiple 911 calls.Callers reported that the aunt, who was intoxicated, had made verbal threats and fired at Lasueur.Fowlkes reportedly was upset about problems between Lasueur and his girlfriend, Tattasha Beebe.Fowlkes entered the couple’s bedroom and threatened to kill the couple, Beebe said, according to court documents. When Beebe called police, she said, she heard Lasueur tell her to run. She said she ran outside of the home and hid behind a bush while Lasueur ran across the street. Beebe then saw Fowlkes aim a firearm in Lasueur’s direction and shoot, court documents say.When officers arrived, Fowlkes came outside unarmed and met them, police said. She was taken into custody without incident and booked into the jail.Fowlkes said that she was staying with her nephew in Vancouver and planned to return to Nevada, according to court documents.
RelatedPosts South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August RGB expecting strong 2019 despite second quarter revenue, profit decline On a consolidated basis, less the Php11.55 billion in promotional allowances and contra accounts, Bloomberry reported Php33.38 billion in net gaming revenues, 19% higher year-on-year.Solaire’s gross gaming revenues grew 16% to Php44.519 billion – the highest on record since opening – with Korean casino Jeju Sun contributing Php407 million.Company EBITDA for the year was also up 17% to Php12.35 billion, while net profit grew 161% to Php6.06 billion (US$116.5 million) year-on-year including an 81% increase in Solaire’s profitability to Php6.269 billion. Jeju Sun reported reduced losses of Php207 million, an improvement on losses of Php1.14 billion in 2016.“Going into our fifth year of operation has become even more exciting with our 2017 results in sync with the growth trajectories we have aimed for,” said Chairman and CEO Enrique Razon Jr.“This is largely due to our top-notch management team and the thousands of Bloomberry and Solaire men and women, whose tireless drive and dedication keep us notches ahead.”Gross gaming revenue in 4Q17 fell 2% year-on-year and 11% sequentially to Php10.27 billion due to a low hold rate of 1.95%. Despite the fall in GGR, Solaire posted a new record high for mass table drop while VIP volumes were up 17% year-on-year and mass table drop and EGM coin-in up 19% and 23% respectively.On a sequential basis, VIP volumes were up 7% while mass tables were essentially flat.Bloomberry reported Php2.111 billion in EBITDA for the quarter, down 39% quarter-on-quarter and 22% year-on-year. The low 1.95% VIP hold rate compared with a 2.85% VIP hold rate in the same period last year. GGR up 17% in 2017 to Php44.93 billionVIP volumes up 11%Mass table drop up 21%Record results at SolaireCompany EBITDA up 17% to Php12.35 billionNet profit up 161% to Php6.06 billionLow 4Q17 hold sees GGR fall 2%Philippine casino operator Bloomberry Resorts Corporation reported record revenue in 2017, despite low hold at its flagship Solaire Resort & Casino negatively impacting the company’s fourth quarter results.Gross gaming revenue grew 17% in 2017 to Php44.93 billion (US$863.6 million), aided by an 11% increase in VIP volumes, 21% growth in mass table drop and 29% boost in EGM coin-in at Solaire. Non-gaming revenues increased by 40% to also hit a record Php3.34 billion. Load More Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August
Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move RelatedPosts Suncity Group, Bloomberry Resorts unveil Wakayama IR visions New smoking laws being introduced to ensure Japan’s pachinko parlors offer designated non-smoking areas are unlikely to significantly impact volume, according to Union Gaming analyst Grant Govertsen.However, headwinds still persist for the industry as it prepares for an impending tax hike and the need to purchase new pachinko and pachislot machines under ever-tightening regulations. Suncity Group looking to develop new resort hotel in Okinawa, Japan after US$10 million land purchase Load More In a research note examining Dynam Japan Holdings’ 1Q19 earnings results, which saw a slight 3.8% fall in revenue to JPY146.4 billion (US$1.3 billion), Govertsen reiterated the tough road ahead for operators but suggested tougher smoking laws requiring pachinko parlors be retro-fitted with designated zones by April 2020 were not yet a major concern.“We envision primarily an impact on parlor capex rather than on customer volumes since smoking will still be allowed,” he said.Although the Japanese government is gradually edging towards a more comprehensive ban on smoking in public places, the recently revised Health Promotion Act allows for certain businesses to install sealed smoking rooms while multi-level establishments will allow unrestricted smoking on the upper floor.Of more immediate concern, according to Govertsen, is an increase in consumption tax from 8% to 10% from 1 October 2019 which he says will negatively impact volumes, while “machine purchases, deferred due to new restrictive regulations, are starting to tick up and we expect materially higher machine purchases going forward.“At the same time and due to the soft pachinko environment, pachinko manufacturers are attempting to raise prices.” .
Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Load More RelatedPosts Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team The policy proposal stipulates the five evaluation criteria items. They are:1) Internationally attractive and competitive quality, size and design, with a clear concept.2) Positive economic impact on tourism and the region.3) Operating capacity and financial stability of IR operators.4) Return of casino revenue to the local municipalities.5) Effective measures taken to eliminate adverse effects of casinos, such as crime prevention and problem gambling countermeasures.The key thrust of the criteria is international competitiveness and contribution to increasing foreign visitors to Japan.Along with the Basic Policy, it was announced that public comments will be accepted from 4 September to 3 October 2019 to hear as many voices as possible. The opinions collected will be used as a reference with the government to publish the final Basic Policy in the first half of 2020.This fall, IR regulations and the makeup of the supervisory body, the Casino Administrative Committee, will be discussed at an extraordinary session of the diet.Japan’s first round of IRs will be limited to three locations across the country and candidate sites will be selected as early as Spring 2020, after which IR development can begin. It is predicted that most will open in the second half of next decade, although Osaka has not changed its goal of opening an IR before the 2025 World Expo.Currently there are four local municipalities to have officially announced plans for an IR bid: Osaka, Wakayama, Nagasaki and Yokohama. Hokkaido is expected to join this list.The announcement of the Basic Policy, which was delayed until after the election of the upper house in July, will likely accelerate the recruitment and selection of IR operators. Japan has taken a major step forward in the development of its integrated resort industry after the government announced on Wednesday its Basic Policy, which sets the criteria for operator selection.These are the overall guidelines that local municipalities looking to develop an IR will follow. Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR
Dentsu Aegis Network has launched enhanced shared parental pay for working parents.The new policy, which is available for all UK staff following a qualifying period, mirrors the advertising organisation’s current maternity and adoption leave offerings, entitling co-parents, regardless of gender, to take up to 20 weeks of paid leave. It is available to staff across all the organisation’s brands in the UK and will roll out to new acquisitions in 2017.Dentsu Aegis introduced the initiative as part of its drive towards a more equal, inclusive and diverse workplace. An internal staff survey, which revealed that a quarter of staff have caring responsibilities, prompted the review into the policies available.The enhanced shared parental pay policy will operate in conjunction with a group coaching programme for expectant parents. This is designed to help staff prepare for parental leave, as well as help them manage the transition back to work once their leave has ended.Managers are also invited to undertake separate group coaching sessions to ensure they have the skills required to support and retain working parents within their teams.Paula Cunnington (pictured), HR director at Dentsu Aegis Network, said: “We’ve taken some big steps in the last year to create the kind of workplace where equality and diversity thrives, most recently with the launch of our first [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] network, &PROUD.“Matching shared parental pay to our maternity and adoption offering is a key part of that journey and I’m very proud to see us leading the industry in this area and implementing this at group level.”
Employee Benefits Live 2016: Retail organisation Cath Kidston introduced weekly pulse surveys to gather staff feedback and gauge employee engagement levels.The retailer introduced the pulse engagement surveys, provided by Officevibe, at the beginning of 2016. The online surveys are emailed to staff on a different day every week, and take around 5-10 minutes to complete.The tool, which includes visual elements such as graphics and animation, asks employees questions about their experiences in the workplace. It also provides space for staff to give open feedback. Its default setting enables employees to respond anonymously, although individuals can change this if they wish.The survey provides real-time analytics, including a report that allows the organisation to see how it has been tracking since the survey launch, as well as more detailed insight into performance around key engagement metrics.The pulse format was selected as the organisation’s primary engagement survey tool because it was well-suited to Cath Kidston’s relaxed and friendly workplace culture, said Alexander Snelling (pictured), human resources director at Cath Kidston.Addressing delegates at Employee Benefits Live 2016, Snelling explained that the survey was launched in two phases to office-based staff and store managers. The organisation has achieved a participation rate of approximately 80%.Where Cath Kidston takes steps to address issues that are highlighted by the survey results and feedback, this is communicated back to employees, for example, by managers or in organisational meetings. “We try to connect actions and results with [the surveys] as often as we can,” said Snelling.
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A second Miami Beach police officer has been infected with Zika in South Florida.The Fraternal Order of Police confirmed the news, Wednesday, but said they will not identify the officer or reveal where the infection occurred.In October, a Miami Beach sergeant was the first officer from the department to contract the Zika virus.The Zika zone on Miami Beach encompasses North Fifth Street to 63rd Street. This is one of the two transmission zones in Miami-Dade County.The second zone is located in Miami’s Little River neighborhood.For tips on how to stay protected from Zika, follow this link: https://wsvn.com/news/local/mosquito-bite-protection-in-florida/.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – City commissioners in Miami Beach have approved an earlier closing time parts of the beach in an attempt to decrease crime.Areas east of the dunes — the shoreline and sands — will be off limits from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., as of Oct. 28.The decision was meant to crack down on criminals who target the area’s tourists and residents who are out late at night.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
HALLANDALE BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A man accused of driving under the influence and killing a woman in Hallandale Beach is behind bars.Laszlo Aspirany has been charged with DUI manslaughter for the fatal hit-and-run on May 10.The 69-year-old is accused of driving drunk and striking a woman along Federal Highway in Hallandale Beach.Police said Aspirany took off from the scene and then fled to Hungary.The victim was rushed to a hospital where she died.Aspirany is now behind bars and had to surrender his passport.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
At this time there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. The DEC’s Food Safety and Sanitation Program has confirmed the Alaska distribution of the recently recalled product. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Pinnacle Foods Inc. is recalling approximately 32,479 pounds of heat-treated, shelf stable beef products due to a possible processing deviation that may have led to staphylococcal enterotoxin and clostridial toxin contamination. 2.25 oz. glass jars containing “ARMOUR GROUND & FORMED SLICED Dried Beef” with best by dates of JAN-07-21, JAN-08-21, JAN-09-21, JAN-10-21, JAN-11-21, APR-15-21, APR-16-21, APR-17-21, APR-18-21 and APR-19-21 and lot codes 0707011Y11, 0708011Y11, 0709011Y11, 0710011Y11, 0711011Y11, 0715041Y11, 0716041Y11, 0717041Y11, 0718041Y11 and 0719041Y11 .4.5 oz. glass jars containing “ARMOUR GROUND & FORMED SLICED Dried Beef” with best by dates of JAN-23-21, JAN-24-21, JAN-25-21 and APR-22-21 and lot codes 0723011Y11, 0724011Y11, 0725011Y11 and 0722041YW1. The ready-to-eat dried, sliced beef items were produced on Jan. 2, 2018 and April 9, 2018. The products have a shelf life of three years. The following products are subject to recall: The problem was discovered on April 27, 2018 by an Enforcement Investigator and Analysis Officer while conducting a food safety assessment at the establishment.