WSF fund raiser Nathan Ruby was in Des Moines this week at the World Food Prize, a world class agricultural conference bringing together U.S. agricultural groups, the global ag industry and organizations working on food security projects around the world. Ruby and ASA’s WISHH Director Jim Hershey met with representatives from the John Deere Foundation, Elanco, Syngenta, InstaPro, Novus and Pioneer.They also met with various stakeholders and potential alliance partners from Latin America and Africa. A common theme at the conference is the importance of the availability and affordability of quality food and nutrition, factors we believe the power of soy can address.
As the Senate Finance Committee moves forward with the mark-up of comprehensive tax reform, the Republican sponsor and champions of the biodiesel tax credit, including Senators Grassley, Roberts and Thune have indicated that there is not a path for successful inclusion of the biodiesel tax credit in the tax reform package at this time. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hatch is not in favor of adding the biodiesel tax credit or other expired temporary tax credits to the tax reform bill.In addition, ASA will continue to support the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and work for growth in annual volume requirements. EPA is expected to issue a final rule on 2018/2019 RFS volumes by the end of November.Opportunities for growth in domestic biodiesel production could also come in the form of capturing market share that has been going to imports of biodiesel. Antidumping and countervailing duty trade cases against market distorting, subsidized imports from Argentina and Indonesia are currently pending at the Department of Commerce and International Trade Commission (ITC). This week the Commerce Department issued a decision affirming the agency’s preliminary determination that Argentina and Indonesia unfairly subsidize biodiesel that is imported into the United States. If finalized, cash deposit rates will be required on imports of biodiesel ranging from 71.45 to 72.28 percent for biodiesel from Argentina, and 34.45 to 64.73 percent for biodiesel from Indonesia, depending on the particular foreign producer/exporter involved. Final determinations on the antidumping and countervailing duties are expected in December and January. The Commerce Department determines whether the imports are subsidized and/or dumped, while the ITC determines whether the domestic industry has been injured by reason of such unfairly traded imports. The Commerce Department also determines the margin of duties to impose on imports based on the degree of dumping and subsidies found.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jennifer Grey was named the new “Dancing With the Stars” champ, despite painful neck and back injuries and a voting bloc for Bristol Palin.The 50-year-old actress, whose performances were almost always flawless during the season, beat out last-place finisher Palin Tuesday on the hit ABC show and actor Kyle Massey, who came in second.Grey and professional partner Derek Hough earned a string of perfect scores on their way to the mirrorball trophy. The couple consistently topped the judges’ leaderboard throughout the season, but Palin’s cadre of voter support led to some surprising upsets, including Brandy’s elimination after earning a perfect score last week.Palin’s improbable run to the finals had been championed by some conservative bloggers running get-out-the-vote campaigns. She came into the season finale in last place and said she was leaving her fate to the voters.“Going out there and winning this would mean a lot. It would be like a big middle finger to all the people out there that hate my mom and hate me,” Sarah Palin’s daughter said during Tuesday’s show, which featured a reunion of the season’s cast members and performances from Christina Aguilera.
Construction to renovate Langsdorf Landing boat ramp on the Columbia River in the Vancouver Lake lowlands will start in November 2012 and is scheduled to be done four months later.Penny Warren, a lands manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, said her agency will start the process for getting the necessary permits to rebuild the popular ramp immediately.“This project’s been ready to go in engineering for a while, so we think we can get the permits in time to start in November 2012,” Warren said.Work in the water only can be done in winter. If the permits are not in hand by November 2012, the schedule then slips a year, she added.The state Recreation and Conservation Office announced last week a grant of $753,000 for Langsdorf Landing, also known at the Caterpillar Island or Shillapoo ramp.
BALTIMORE — The Mid-Atlantic region is struggling to get back to normal after deadly, power-cutting storms and sweltering heat. And the death toll blamed on storms and the ensuing blackout across the eastern U.S. is now at 26 after two accidents in Virginia.Utility and municipal crews worked through the July 4 holiday to restore power and remove downed tree limbs.Pepco said it had restored power to 90 percent of those affected by last week’s storms in D.C. and two Maryland suburbs, beating its own estimate for getting the lights and more importantly, the air conditioning back on. BGE said about 78,000 customers in central Maryland remained without power. More than 146,000 Virginia homes and businesses remained without power after, down from a peak of about 1.2 million after the storms. In New Jersey, Atlantic City Electric said nearly 30,000 homes and businesses were still without service. That’s down from about 206,000.Maryland issued a heat advisory for the entire state for Thursday, after issuing one for parts of the state for Wednesday. Sweaty patrons were enjoying the Capitol Fourth Concert in D.C. Wednesday evening.
The Vancouver Fire Fighters Union Local 18 will host the fifth annual Fire in the Park at Esther Short Park on Saturday, July 20. The event will raise money for Share and the hungry and homeless in Clark County.Event activities include a firefighter competition, a chili cook-off, a kid’s zone featuring Home Depot’s Kids Workshop, Northwest Regional Fire Pipe and Drum Bands, fire apparatus display, and featured bands High Point and One of A Kind Drumline.Space is still available to compete in the chili cook-off. Chili is $1 per tasting cup, and all proceeds benefit Share.The event is free and open to the public and will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.For more information visit fireinthepark.com.
Bassmaster Magazine’s third annual ranking of America’s best bass fishing spots is out and surprisingly an Idaho locale is No. 4 on the list.Lake Coeur d’Alene jumped from No. 9 in 2013 and No. 11 in 2012 based on an improving fishery for smallmouth bass, according to the magazine.Editors of the magazine say they are trying to be as empirical as possible in compiling the list of the most productive waters in the United States.Each state’s fish and wildlife agency is asked to suggest their state’s best waters, then catch data is examined along with tournament results and polling of the B.A.S.S. membership.Once 100 lakes were identified, a panel of bass-fishing professionals, outdoor writers and fishing industry insiders did the ranking.Ranked No. 14 is the Columbia River between Hood River and The Dalles and Washington’s Potholes Reservoir near Moses Lake came in at No. 66.Here’s what the rankings say about each of the three Northwest locations:Lake Coeur d’Alene — “This lake makes a big move up this year on the strength of its trophy smallmouth fishery. The smallies have always been a rowdy group on this lake, but now they are rowdy and big. It is no longer unusual to land one over 6 pounds here. And don’t forget about the largemouth fishery. The lake record largemouth is 10-15, with average bass weighing in between 2 and 3 pounds.”
The death of a Clark County Jail inmate accused of shooting a Vancouver police officer during a routine traffic stop last month was ruled a suicide by hanging.The death marks the first suicide in the jail since 2012. The Clark County Medical Examiner said that James T. Sapp, 48, died of asphyxia after attempting suicide in his jail cell Thursday. He was interrupted by jail personnel who found him at 1:30 p.m. that day, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. He was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and pronounced dead at 12:45 p.m. Friday after his family elected to take him off life support, according to family spokesman Pastor Michael Baca.Sapp was accused of shooting motorcycle traffic officer Dustin Goudschaal seven times on June 30 after Goudschaal pulled over the black Dodge Ram truck that Sapp was driving on Northeast 34th Street near 162nd Avenue in east Vancouver.Goudschaal was shot twice in the head, once in his ballistic vest and in his arm, shoulder and leg, according to Clark County Prosecutor Tony Golik.Sapp had been held at the jail on a $5 million bail since his arrest shortly after the shooting.Sapp, a purported white supremacist, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the charges against him — which included attempted murder, attempted robbery, unlawful possession of a firearm, assault and possession of methamphetamine and heroin.
SEATTLE — The Washington Huskies needed a second half surge to overcome a 14-point halftime deficit to earn a 45-14 victory over Georgia State on Saturday afternoon.Washington (4-0) was outgained by Georgia State (1-3) by a 231-73 margin and held possession for over 21 minutes in the first half as the Panthers built a 14-0 lead.The Huskies finally woke up after the break and settled in on both sides of the ball.Cyler Miles completed 19 of 27 passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Washington rally.The Huskies forced a Georgia State three-and-out on their opening possession of the second half. A 35-yard punt return from Dante Pettis put Washington’s offense in business. Jeff Lindquist subbed in for Miles and scored on a 9-yard touchdown run to put the Huskies on the board.Washington finally managed a sustained drive to pull back even with the Panthers.Miles capped a nine-play drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Kendyl Taylor to tie the game at 14.The wheels began to fall off for Georgia State. Avery Sweeting fumbled on the first play of the Panthers ensuing possession and Sidney Jones recovered for the Huskies. Four plays later, Myles connected with Kasen Williams for a 3-yard touchdown to give Washington its first lead of the game.Miles threw a 9-yard touchdown to Jaydon Mickens and Lindquist added a 14-yard touchdown run as the Huskies closed the door on Georgia State. The Huskies held Georgia State to just 42 yards of offense in the second half.
EXCLUSIVE: Almost three-quarters (74%) of employer respondents enable staff to contribute into their defined contribution (DC) pension scheme via a salary sacrifice arrangement, according to research by Employee Benefits and Xerox HR Services.The Benefits research 2016, which surveyed 338 employer respondents, also found that two-thirds (66%) of respondents offer a group personal pension (GPP) plan as their primary scheme for auto-enrolment purposes, followed by an open defined benefit (DB) scheme (28%), and a stakeholder pension (20%).Around a quarter (24%) run a DB scheme for accrued benefits, which is closed to future accrual, as their secondary pension scheme, and 20% have a DB scheme in place that is closed to new members but open to future accrual.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published a white paper on defined benefit (DB) pension schemes setting out the government’s intentions to give The Pensions Regulator (TPR) stronger powers to take action against company directors who commit reckless action in relation to a pension scheme, strengthening scheme funding standards and considering how scheme consolidation can be strengthened.In Protecting Defined Benefit Schemes, the DWP sets outs its plans to increase the protection of members benefits, primarily by giving TPR stronger powers. The report states that the government plans to legislate to: introduce a penalty regime to work alongside the existing contribution notice framework; consider whether further legislative changes are required to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the regulator’s current anti-avoidance powers; and to make it a criminal offence to punish reckless behaviour in relation to a pension scheme.It also plans to legislate to enable TPR to be a more proactive body, by bringing forward measures including the power to require attendance at interview, civil sanctions for non-compliance with section 72 notices (in addition to existing criminal sanctions) and inspection powers, harmonising powers the regulator already has for automatic-enrolment and master trust arrangements that would apply at the discretion of TPR to drive compliance with requests for information.The white paper also sets out measures to strengthen TPR’s powers to enforce DB scheme funding standards through a revised code of practice. Alongside this, DB scheme trustees will be required to appoint a chair who must submit a chair’s statement to the regulator with the scheme’s triennial valuation.Later this year, the government will also consult on proposals for a legislative framework within which new forms of consolidation vehicles could operate, as well as on a new accreditation regime to build confidence in and encourage existing forms of accreditation.In addition, it will consider some minor change to guaranteed minimum pensions conversion legislation to support benefit simplification and help reduce complexities in existing benefits structures.In a foreword to the white paper, the DWP stated: “The pensions’ landscape is evolving, as defined benefit schemes continue to close and be replaced by other forms of provision. This alters the relationship between the sponsoring employer and the scheme, bringing new challenges for trustees and employers. We are managing this change so that the defined benefit system continues to work in the best interests of those involved: for members and pensioners, for today’s workforce and for employers.”Clive Fortes, partner at Hymans Robertson, said: “The Pensions Regulator should not have to wait for a crime to be committed before having the power to intervene, so [this] white paper’s recommendations are welcome. We are strongly supportive of the need to stamp out unscrupulous behaviour by scheme sponsors. The threat of criminal conviction should act as an effective deterrent against employers wilfully doing the wrong thing by members of their pension scheme.“But we must remember that the vast majority of employers work hard to do the right thing by the members of their DB pension schemes, working collaboratively with the trustees to deliver members’ benefits in full. Since the start of the millennium, UK employers have collectively contributed over £500bn into their pension schemes although deficits remain stubbornly high.“Inevitably there will be a few employers which put individuals’ DB pensions at risk. It is, however, essential to be able to distinguish between deliberate acts by an employer that put members’ benefits at risk and, for example, poor investment outcomes flowing from the trustees’ investment strategy or poor business decisions leading to the failure of the sponsoring employer.”Kate Smith, head of pensions at Aegon, added: “The government has finally published its long-awaited defined benefit white paper, which includes measures to protect against a small minority of unscrupulous employers. It is sending out a loud and clear message that reckless behaviour from employers which puts DB schemes at risk will no longer be tolerated. Those employers found guilty of deliberately putting their DB scheme at risk can be heavily fined and risk a criminal record.“It’s timely that the government is also looking to strengthen the Pension Regulator’s powers around corporate transactions which could negatively impact their DB Scheme.“It’s also positive that the Pensions Regulator will be setting out a code on clearer funding standards for ongoing schemes. Taken together, these new powers will strengthen DB schemes and give greater protection to members’ pensions and, in turn, should reduce the numbers of DB schemes falling into the Pension Protection Fund. There’s more work to be done, but this is a giant step in the right direction.”John Gordon, pensions counsel at law firm Ashurst, said: “While the government has been careful to deny that the proposed changes will hurt business, some of the suggestions in the white paper will concern [organisations]. Employers will certainly want more clarity in relation to the proposed criminal offence of ‘wilful or grossly reckless behaviour’ in relation to a pension scheme, and the regulator’s ability to issue punitive fines against directors, especially since the new fines regime may apply retrospectively from today.“Employers may also be concerned at the regulator’s proposed new powers to call people in for interview, and to go through electronic devices in search of relevant information. Whether the changes set out in the white paper will address the problems some see as hampering the current pensions regulatory regime remains to be seen.”
MIAMI (WSVN) – Two new cases of the Zika virus are being investigated in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, Thursday morning.According to the Florida Department of Health, the patients may have acquired the Zika virus in the United States, making the two cases non-travel related.A door-to-door investigation is ongoing.Over 300 instances of the Zika virus have been reported in Florida — all of them contracted overseas.The mosquito-borne illness is especially dangerous for pregnant women and has been linked to serious birth defects. While Brazil is currently experiencing the largest outbreak of the disease, it has spread to at least 20 other Latin American countries.Zika’s symptoms include rash, fever, joint pain and red eyes. It currently lasts seven to 10 days.There is a 24-hour Zika hotline in Florida to answer questions and concerns. That number is 855-622-6735. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
DANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Four suspects, including two teenagers, have been arrested for allegedly stealing a purse that belonged to a Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy.According to police, they were arrested at a “Motel 6” located along East Dania Beach Boulevard.Investigators said the deputy was off duty when she drove in her personal vehicle to a Shell gas station in Davie. Surveillance video showed the deputy pull up in her personal vehicle and pump gas.That is when one of the suspected thieves opened her car door and snatched her purse.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – family has a new place to call home sweet home, thanks to a South Florida charity.Habitat for Humanity of Broward County handed Krystal Mayo and her family the keys to a new house in Pompano Beach. It’s the 408th residence built by the organization.Among the community sponsors on hand for the occasion was the regional director for Publix. “Publix is proud to be a part of this organization,” said Mike Meredith. “We build an average of four homes a year with our teams, and we’re just happy for the homeowner today.”Habitat of Broward CEO Nancy Robin said the homeowners-to-be work hard to reach this milestone. “Some people think we give these homes away. We do not give these homes away,” she said. “Habitat, which is a volunteer-led organization, works to build these homes so that they are, in fact, affordable. We give away this key, and we also provide a mortgage to a deserving family, so they they can achieve the dream of homeownership.”WSVN is a proud sponsor of Habitat for Humanity. If you’d like to contact them, check out the links below:Habitat for Humanity in Miami-Dade(305) 634-3628www.miamihabitat.orgHabitat for Humanity in Broward(954) 396-3030www.habitatbroward.org
PARKLAND, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida teacher was honored after returning from a trip associated with NASA’s Operation Ice Bridge project.Adeena Teres teaches biology at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High and was honored after taking the trip of a lifetime. She received a proclamation from Broward County Commissioner Michael Udine for her passion in science and dedication to education.Teres recently visited Greenland as part of NASA’s Operation Ice Bridge, which is the largest ever airborne survey of the earth’s polar ice, where she collected data to help learn more about climate change and rising sea levels.“I did it because I wanted to further my own knowledge and help out my students,” Teres said, “and to just to be acknowledged for that makes me feel very proud and just the support that Parkland and Stoneman Douglas gives me is amazing.”During the journey, she conducted live classroom discussions with students across the United States, including her own.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – Broward County officials say a new U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility will help speed up service for travelers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.County officials and airport staff dedicated the facility on Monday. It has new baggage claim carousels that are double the size of the old ones, helping speed up the process of collecting luggage.“You’re going to see a lot more investments and better ways to get in and out of here,” said Broward County Mayor Beam Furr. “We know we’re growing, but we’re going to try to make sure that while we grow, we’re going to make sure it works for the customers as well.”The baggage claim area itself has also doubled in size, creating more space for international travelers waiting for their bags.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A special parade in Southwest Miami-Dade helped spread holiday cheer for shoppers of all ages.The Falls hosted its 22nd annual Miracle on 136th Street Holiday Parade, Saturday.More than 20,000 people in attendance watched holiday-themed floats, bagpipers, local marching bands and costumed characters go by during the day.Ron Magill, Zoo Miami’s wildlife expert, served as this year’s grand marshal.Once the sun went down, guests had an opportunity to marvel at thousands of lights filling the mall and gardens.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The Tribe has purchased the 2.57-acre Beluga Lookout Lodge and RV Park. The property is on the bluff next to Toyon Villa. It is accessible from Mission Avenue, across from the Dena’ina Wellness Center campus. The Tribe also purchased a warehouse space off of Kalifornsky Beach Road. The move will allow Behavioral Health department staff to move into the current Na’ini building. The Tribe is working with the city of Kenai on permitting. Work will begin as soon as permits havebeen approved. In the coming months, a portion of the Tribe’s Toyon Villa apartment building will be remodeled and converted into office space to house Na’ini Family and Social Services, as well as the Tribe’s Security department. Tribal Council Chairperson, Wayne D. Wilson Jr: “We’ve made it our goal to start buying back old town because that is where we are originally from. 20 years later we have purchased several acres and put a clinic, elder center, all of our programs for the most part are there. Our goal in the future is to have everything there.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenaitze Indian Tribe announced major plans on Thursday to expand their facilities in Kenai. Wilson: “Our council and our tribe operates as basically one big family. We just try to go in the right direction and make sure it’s all positive.”
Leslie Felts, Nurse Manager with DHSS: “Probably about 85% of the population is vaccinated, and so the probability of catching the measles is pretty low. The problem is people don’t know their immunization status, that would be the first thing to find out. I think that will help a lot of people who are nervous about it to relax. If you have had it then you are protected from the disease.” The clinic is being offered by the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Amanda McKinley, Public Health Nurse: “For everyone who has not had their measles vaccine in the past or would like to get it updated we can do that this Saturday.” All ages are welcome, including adults. Bring your shot record if you can. This comes less than a week after a confirmed case of measles was announced on the Kenai Peninsula on July 16 and some unvaccinated members of the public may have been exposed to the virus. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Public Health Center is making it very easy for you to get vaccinated against measles at no cost to you. Come to the Kenai Public Health Center on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. for a free measles vaccine. Known exposure locations during the infectious period when measles can spread to other people include Froso’s Family Dining in Soldotna, from July 8-9 and July 11-13, and Urgent Care of Soldotna and Central Peninsula Hospital on July 14. The patient has been isolated at home since then and is recovering. The single case of measles was confirmed by DHSS on July 16, in an unvaccinated teenager who is a resident of the Kenai Peninsula, and recently traveled out of state. This individual was out in the community during the infectious period when measles can spread to other individuals. If you are sick call your doctor and stay home before going in to get checked out. Learn more at measles.dhss.alaska.gov.
As a human, I try to adhere to that old golden rule, “do unto others.” It’s served me pretty well so far but apparently there are some of our journalistic brethren who don’t hold to that tenet. I was on a culinary press junket to one of the major Deep South cities recently and it was truly a magnificent time: great food, great experiences, excellent lodging—plus, I got the rare chance to hobnob with other journalists from around the country and, in this case, the world.As these outings generally go, everything was handled for us: it didn’t cost the journalists anything and it certainly didn’t cost our publications anything. Our accommodations weren’t at some hotel out by the airport—we were put up in THE top luxury hotel in this particular destination.But as I mingled with my cohorts, I started hearing some very disturbing stories from the trip. Specifically, some of the other members of the press were getting pretty prickly with our hosts and sponsors as well as with other journalists. One journo decided that the hotel’s food and beverage manager was also a part-time cobbler. When her sandal strap snapped, she decided it was up to this hapless yet helpful fellow to get it fixed. Which he did.Then there was an author who complained—rather loudly, I might add—that the light switch in her hotel suite was too far away from her bed. I suggested she use the broom she rode in on to shorten the gap, a suggestion the other writers appreciated. This same writer arrived at all the events late and rushed through meals to get to other appointments thus making our various hosts have to work doubletime to accommodate her needs specifically while still entertaining the larger group.Since I felt fortunate to be included with these prestigious writers, I was somewhat dumbfounded by their actions. But I’ve come to learn that this is not an unusual occurrence; my fellow junket junkies had their own tales of woe about traveling with other writers. (Many, as you would probably guess, involve way too many comped drinks, unseemly bartenders and exploits not appropriate for family-friendly business blog!)Granted, we work in an industry where we often have to “invent” our own fringe benefits. Early in my career I took advantage of business trips to Toronto, San Francisco, San Antonio and more by visiting friends or relatives. However, acting as if you’re owed something just because you chose to show up is beyond the pale.Thankfully, not everyone on my trip behaved badly. But if you’re a lousy guest—no matter who you write for—don’t be surprised when you’re not invited back. On a final note, I should let my fellow magazine pros know that the writer who behaved the worst was a newspaper journalist! Go figure!If anybody else has had nightmare experiences with fellow members of the press while traveling on various junkets, drop them in the comments section below. I’m sure readers of this blog would love to hear about them … I know I would!