ASA Calls on Congress to Support Transportation and Infrastructure

first_imgAs Congress considers several transportation issues and measures, including appropriations bills and the potential Surface Transportation Reauthorization bill by the authorizing committees, the American Soybean Association (ASA) is urging support for its top transportation and infrastructure priorities.”Soybean farmers have a strong interest in ensuring there is a safe and efficient transportation system,” said ASA President Alan Kemper, a soybean farmer from Lafayette, Ind. “The ability to move soybeans from the farm to processing facilities and our export customers is a significant factor in our bottom line. To maintain our industries’ competitive position in the global market, we must invest in our aging and increasingly inefficient transportation infrastructure.”Soybeans move by truck, by barge, and by rail, and with over 55 percent of the crop exported, soybean farmers are especially impacted by the state of U.S. transportation infrastructure. The soybean industry is one of few U.S. sectors that provide a positive trade balance and is responsible for a significant number of jobs and economic development, especially in rural America.”First and foremost, funding must be provided to allow the Lower Mississippi River to remain fully open for commerce,” Kemper said. “The inland waterways navigation system, especially the Mississippi River, is a vital asset in the movement of important commodities such as grain, coal, steel, petroleum and aggregate materials.”In 2010, approximately 850 million bushels of soybeans were exported from the Mississippi Gulf region. This year, unprecedented levels of high water on the Mississippi River are carrying silt and debris to the mouth of the River. As water levels begin to recede, an emergency situation has developed with significant silting and shoaling at the River’s mouth that imminently threatens the ability of vessels to enter and exit the river.”Dredging of this critical artery must happen immediately, and it is our hope that the Administration and Congress will work together to ensure that sufficient funding for dredging is available, including the expeditious enactment of Emergency Supplemental Appropriations funding, if necessary,” Kemper said.To modernize lock and dam infrastructure on the Upper Mississippi, a long-term plan, such as the Capital Development Plan, which was formulated by the waterways industry and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is needed to improve the program management and provide a sufficient and reliable funding mechanism.”ASA urges that the Capital Development Plan be included in a Water Title of the Surface Transportation Reauthorization bill or in a Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) that is enacted this year,” Kemper said.ASA also supports the inclusion of provisions in the Surface Transportation Reauthorization bill to maintain the hours-of-service exemption for agricultural producers and to increase weight limits for trucks with six axles. In agriculture, safety, efficiency, and flexibility are needed to maximize productivity. The hours-of-service exemption and truck weight limit provisions are necessary to meet those needs.”We urge that these important transportation issues be addressed by Congress to keep soybeans, other commodities, and our overall economy moving,” Kemper said.last_img read more

The World Soy Foundation Receives Update from Honduran Partner

first_imgIn the Fall of 2013, the World Soy Foundation (WSF) partnered with the National Soybean Research Laboratory (NSRL), with funding from the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee, to bring educational, soy-focused events to 264 children and their caregivers in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The team partnered with CEPUDO, a non-governmental organization in San Pedro Sula, to put on four health and nutrition fairs focusing on the importance of a balanced diet, nutrition and hygiene—including the benefits of soy protein.CEPUDO feeds over 3,000 children each week through their partnership with the WSF, and we recently received some exciting updates about their work. CEPUDO now utilizes three soycows that are producing nearly 500 liters of soy milk daily, using about 720 pounds of soybeans each week.  This milk is then donated to public hospitals, several children’s homes, and public schools as part of the school lunch program. For some of these children, this is the only meal they eat all day. The high-protein soy milk they now receive through this program replaces the water that previously accompanied their meals. The additional protein provided by the soy milk can have lasting impacts on the children’s physical and mental well-being, reducing malnutrition through the power of soy!To join farmers like those from Michigan in reducing malnutrition through the power of soy, simply calculate the value of an acre of soybeans in your operation (yield multiplied by price) and give the gift of protein today!Make your donation by clicking here or by sending your check to: World Soy Foundation; 12125 Woodcrest Executive Drive, Suite 100; St. Louis, MO 63141.The World Soy Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization. Your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.last_img read more

Cantwell WA to get new storm radar 1 year early

first_imgSEATTLE (AP) — U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell says Washington state will get state-of-the-art coastal Doppler radar in September 2011, a year earlier than originally expected. The Washington Democrat said Wednesday the technology will help ensure more accurate weather forecasts for the Pacific Northwest. Previously, she says Washington weather radar coverage has been “shockingly inadequate, putting lives and property at risk.”The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has found a radar that can be obtained from the Air Force and modified for use in Washington. The technology will be able to scan weather systems vertically as well as horizontally, helping the National Weather Service better predict the type, intensity and duration of precipitation.The Weather Service will announce radar site finalists in late June.last_img

Four cemetery district commissioners reelected

first_imgAs you might expect with folks who have lived in rural north Clark County many years, sometimes for generations, loyalty counts — as does gratitude for the unpaid work cemetery commissioners do to keep them nice.Tuesday’s voting included eight candidates running for commission seats in two districts: District 4 and District 6.All three commissioner positions in District 4, which serves Mountain View Cemetery, Amboy Cemetery and Chelatchie Cemetery, were up for election.The district has been the scene of controversy before.The Washington State Auditor’s Office issued a report in March that contained results from an independent accountability audit of the district between 2008 and 2010. It said the district lacked proper documentation for 41 plots that were sold to the public. The report said the plots had a total value of at least $8,000.Old commissioners were replaced after the controversy and the new ones are still trying to get things in order, said Commissioner Bob McClellan of La Center. He easily won re-election Tuesday with 62.8 percent of the votes, a total of 596. His opponent was Dennis Frasier of Amboy.Another incumbent, Heidi Zimmerman, won with 71.6 percent or 657 votes. Her opponent was Carol West of La Center.Ruth M.J. Ham, also an incumbent, won with 62 percent or 577 votes. She has six generations of family buried in one of the cemeteries. Her opponent was Gene Winders of Amboy.District 6 has three commissioners who represent four cemeteries: La Center Cemetery, Crawford Cemetery, Lewisville Cemetery and Highland Cemetery.Incumbent Murray Falk won Tuesday with 53.5 percent or 2,447 votes.Barbara “Kaye” Goheen of Battle Ground ran against Falk.last_img read more

Fireworks go on sale Thursday

first_imgFireworks sales are officially permitted in Clark County starting Thursday at noon. Stands can operate from noon to 11 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. from June 29 through July 4.In the county launching of personal fireworks is permitted from noon to 11 p.m. on Thursday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. from June 29 through July 3 and 9 a.m. to midnight on July 4. Within Vancouver city limits, launching of personal fireworks is permitted from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. from July 1 through July 3 and 9 a.m. to midnight on July 4.Visit or for more information.last_img

Boy 17 rescued on sandbar in the Columbia River

first_imgA 17-year-boy who was stranded on a sandbar in the Columbia River at Woodland was rescued late Sunday night by a Clark County Fire & Rescue boat team.Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy said this is what happened:Two adults and five teens were boating on the Columbia when a rope became tangled in the propeller of the boat’s engine. The engine died and the boaters could not get it started.The Vancouver group, who had no marine radio or cellphones, floated a half-mile downstream from the Lewis River and were able to ground the boat on an island.Two teenage boys decided to swim for help but the current was severe and the water cold.“Can you imagine sending two teenagers across the Columbia with no life jackets to get help?” Dawdy said. One boy made it back to the island but the other, Antonio Danda, 17, was swept down the river. He was able to stand up on a sandbar near Dike Road.However, Danda was waist-deep in the river for three hours before help could arrive, Dawdy said. Around dusk the boaters were then able to flag down help, who called 911. Clark County Fire & Rescue was dispatched about 9 p.m.last_img read more

911 ceremony set at east county fire station

first_imgTo honor those who died in terrorist attacks 12 years ago, East County Fire and Rescue will hold its annual 9/11 Ceremony of Remembrance on Sept. 11.This year, the event will include a ribbon-cutting and dedication of a granite memorial that was donated by the America for Youth Foundation and a group of area motorcyclists.The dedication is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by the lighting of luminaria at 8 p.m. At that time, a group will read the names of the first responders who died during the Sept. 11 attacks.The public is also invited to attend the fourth annual spaghetti dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m., also at Station 91, 600 N.E. 267th Ave. The event is hosted by the East County Volunteer Firefighter Association. Donations for the dinner will benefit the Northwest Burn Foundation, a Seattle-based nonprofit that serves burn survivors and their families in five states.Anyone who wishes to have a loved one’s name read aloud during the event or anyone wishing to get more information should call 360-834-4908.last_img read more

Vancouver man guilty in attempted murder kidnapping case

first_imgA Clark County jury Wednesday found a Vancouver man guilty in the kidnapping, robbery and shooting of a Beaverton, Ore., man in November 2012 near Vancouver Lake.The jury of seven women and five men convicted Pedro “Junior” Godinez Jr., 20, of first-degree attempted murder with a firearm enhancement and aggravating factors. The jury also found him guilty of kidnapping, robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 26.Godinez kidnapped, robbed and repeatedly shot Freddie Landstrom, 39, on Nov. 28, 2012, after Godinez’s then-girlfriend, Joanna Speaks, lured Landstrom to her apartment in east Vancouver.“I appreciate the jury coming out and making justice swiftly,” Landstrom said in a phone interview Wednesday. “I look forward to the opportunity to see that the judge does something that puts something evil away.”The jury found that Godinez committed crimes with deliberate cruelty and lack of remorse, both aggravating factors, either of which could bring a potential sentence above the state’s standard range. The firearm enhancement adds a mandatory five years to any sentence.last_img read more

Counts on oil trains dribble out

first_imgAbout 10,600 rail cars of crude oil entered Clark County through the Columbia River Gorge from July 2012 through June 2013, according to a BNSF Railway spreadsheet.About 7.2 million barrels of crude oil traveled by rail through Clark County in the year between July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013, according to information newly released to The Columbian by Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency.Much more crude is likely to be headed our way, with or without state approval of an oil transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver. After all, the county is located on a key rail line to at least 10 Washington and Oregon communities where new oil facilities are planned, proposed, under construction or already operating.Until now, the public has been in the dark about how much crude is actually on the rails.The state Department of Ecology’s best estimate is that nearly 17 million barrels of oil were hauled across the state by rail in 2013. That’s up roughly 40 percent in one year. Before 2012, virtually all of the state’s oil arrived by way of pipeline or marine vessel.Fred Millar, a Virginia-based independent consultant to city governments on chemical safety and railroad transportation, believes the public must understand the risks it faces from the movement of crude and other hazardous materials if it’s going to make informed decisions about how to prepare and respond. “How are you going to have adequate emergency response plans in your town if the public has no idea how risky it is?” he said. “We have to operate on risk information. We have to tell people what the risks are.”last_img read more

Group No Fukushima radiation in Northwest

first_imgSALEM, Ore. — A group testing West Coast waters for radiation from a damaged Japanese nuclear power plant says no evidence of contamination has been found in the Northwest.The Statesman Journal reports Monday ( massive amounts of contaminated water were released from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Scientists say the radiation will hit the U.S. this year at very low levels that won’t harm humans or the environment. But no federal agency is monitoring it.That’s where a chemical oceanographer at the Massachusetts-based Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution stepped in. Using crowd-sourced money and volunteers, Ken Buesseler has been testing samples from the Bering Strait to San Diego. So far none of the samples sent in have traces of radiation from Japan. The samples do show background radiation from nuclear testing of the 1950s and 1960s.The samples from Oregon were taken in Pacific City by the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership.last_img read more

Sex offender update

first_imgA level III sex offender who committed crimes in Clark County recently registered as homeless with the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office. Kevin Glenn Garner, 55, was convicted in 1996, 1997 and 1998 on separate instances of indecent exposure in Clark County, according to the sheriff’s office. In 1990, he was convicted of indecent acts with a child, communicating a threat to kill, indecent exposure and sodomy of a child. Garner, who is not wanted by police, is described as 6 feet tall with brown hair and brown eyes. He is an untreated sex offender and is considered at high risk to offend again, the sheriff’s office said.last_img

Studio City Finance announces proposed Senior Notes Offering and Conditional Tender Offer

first_img RelatedPosts Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaul Melco International Development grants Evan Winkler HK$269 million share options Load More Studio City Finance Limited, the subsidiary of Studio City International Holdings that developed Macau integrated resort Studio City and operates its non-gaming businesses, has announced a proposed international offering of senior notes and a subsequent tender offer.In an SEC filing, Studio City Finance said that net proceeds from the Notes Offering will be used to fund its Conditional Tender Offer, to redeem in full any existing notes which remain outstanding, to pay all associated fees and costs and for general corporate purposes including working capital and debt repayment. The notes would be general obligations of Studio City Finance, “ranking equally with all of Studio City Finance’s existing and future senior indebtedness.” Interest rates and terms are yet to be determined.Studio City Finance added that it has already initiated its conditional cash tender offer for any and all of its outstanding 8.500% senior notes due 2020.The Conditional Tender Offer is conditional upon, among other things, the successful completion by Studio City Finance of “one or more” debt financing transactions which, alongside cash on hand, would give it the required funding.The conditional tender offer will conclude on 4 February 2019.The Macau government last year granted Melco Resorts, the majority owner of Studio City International Holdings, a deadline extension until 24 July 2021 for its planned development of Studio City Phase 2 which is expected to be comprised entirely of non-gaming offerings. JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinnerlast_img read more

Genting Singapore to reduce debt by US500 million

first_img Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions Load More Genting Singapore Ltd has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Resorts World at Sentosa Pte. Ltd – the operating entity of Singapore IR Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) – will make a voluntary prepayment of SG$680 million (US$503 million) in outstanding debt.The payment relates to the remainder of its SG$2.27 billion syndicated senior secured credit facilities dated 23 March 2015, with the facilities set to be cancelled on 25 April 2019. In an announcement, Genting Singapore said the loan repayment would be paid from internal cash resources, allowing the group to “improve its capital efficiency.” It will also see the company reduce its borrowings from SG$930 million (US$688 million) to SG$253 million (US$187 million).The loan prepayment follows last week’s announcement that Genting Singapore would invest SG$4.5 billion into RWS, which it aims to complete by 2024. The development will see RWS’s gross floor area expanded by 50%, adding 164,000 square meters of leisure and entertainment space.Among the planned additions are expansion of Universal Studios Singapore, including new themed areas “Minion Park” and “Super Nintendo World”, of S.E.A. Aquarium which will be re-branded “Singapore Oceanarium”, the addition of another 1,100 hotel rooms as part of a new “waterfront lifestyle complex”, an enhanced waterfront promenade with restaurants and retail, expanded MICE facilities and development of a driverless transport system around the property. Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR RelatedPosts Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR movelast_img read more

Culina Group employees have spent £600000 on retail discounts since 2016

first_imgWarehouse, distribution and transport organisation Culina Group has seen its 7,000 UK and Ireland-based employees spend more than £600,000 on retail discounts via its employee benefits platform since February 2016.The organisation originally launched the platform in February 2016, in partnership with Personal Group, in order to boost motivation and engagement across its 50 operating sites. The package also aimed to reinforce a culture of reward and recognition that extended beyond pay.The platform enables staff to access their core benefits, such as a workplace pension, life assurance and a bonus scheme, as well as a bikes-for-work initiative, childcare vouchers, retail discounts, an employee assistance programme (EAP), hospital plan, death benefit plan, dental and optical benefits and legal assistance.Employees are also able to access Culina Group’s reward and recognition perks, such as loyalty awards, employee of the month and year acknowledgements and special achievement awards.In May 2019, the organisation introduced an app, allowing staff to access the benefits package via their mobile phones; this accommodates employees such as HGV drivers and warehouse operatives, who may not have ready access to a computer. More than half (55%) of staff now access their benefits via the app.As at July 2019, 99% of Culina Group employees agree that the organisation’s benefits package has improved, with staff spending over £600,000 on the available retail discounts.The organisation has also reported that more than one in 10 (13.5%) of the calls made to the organisation’s EAP occurred outside of traditional working hours. These calls have focused on subjects such as relationships (11.9%), mental health (31.7%) and legal support (31%). Around 7% related to employees’ life events, 6.3% pertained to work issues and 2.4% discussed financial matters.The organisation communicated to its employees about the launch of the new app using face-to-face onsite visits by the provider to offer demonstrations. Printed training materials covering the benefits package and platform are also given to new staff as part of their induction.Culina Group is currently considering launching a video doctor service for 2019.Amy Thomas, HR administrations and systems team leader at Culina Group, said: “We’re really pleased with our benefit and reward package, created with Personal Group.“We know that a lot of our employees make the most of the various benefits and rewards, but we’re most pleased that we’re able to offer a 24/7 EAP helpline to support our employees whenever they need it. If our employees have difficulties in their personal life, they can seek help privately when they need to, which is reassuring for us to know.”last_img read more

Florida high schooler catches 12foot gator

first_imgCENTRAL FLORIDA (WSVN) — A high school football player made a colossal catch when he reeled in a massive 12-foot alligator.The athlete’s father owns a hunting business in Central Florida, and he was helping clients on their hunts.He said pulling the 500-pounder from the water was tough.He brought the gator home and plans to have it mounted.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

National Fajita Day celebrated at Chilis On the Border

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Taco Tuesday may get some competition this week, as Friday marks National Fajita Day.According to, On the Border created the national day, which was first recognized in 2016.Special offers on this day can be found at Chili’s and On the Border. At Chili’s, fajitas are $9.99 if you mention the offer to a waiter, according to TCPalm.For a list of Chili’s locations, click here.At On the Border, TCPalm reported that certain locations have a three-course fajita meal for $9.99, which includes choices of chicken, veggie or roasted pork carnitas, a cup of queso and two cinnamon-dusted sopapillas for dessert.To find an On the Border near you, click here.last_img

City Furniture teams up with local entities to help Irma victims

first_imgFor more information about City Furniture’s post-Irma outreach, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida chain of furniture stores has stepped forward to help those affected by Hurricane Irma across South Florida.City Furniture has provided manpower and raised funds in the wake of the devastating storm, including a $100,000 furniture match, according to spokesperson Caitlin Maribona.The company teamed up with the organization 4KIDS to help clear debris from foster and maternity homes in Broward County. Volunteers also helped The Salvation Army remove fallen trees and branches from that organization’s Fort Lauderdale headquarters. For every fundraiser donation, we’re matching up to $100k in furniture to those rebuilding after Hurricane Irma.— City Furniture (@CityFurniture) September 22, 2017With the help of the Key Largo Baptist Church, City Furniture was able to gain entrance into areas in the Florida Keys that were nearly impossible to gain access to in the wake of the hurricane. For an entire week, the furniture retailer sent a truck to clear the rubble and hand out supplies.On Saturday, volunteers drove down a supply truck down to Key West. last_img read more

Firefighter fired on first day for bringing watermelon to station

first_img(WSVN) – A firefighter in Detroit was fired during his first day on the job for showing up with a watermelon wrapped in a pink bow.Fox 2 reports that Robert Pattison, 41, went to present the watermelon as a gift to the firehouse, but several co-workers were offended by the gesture.Second Battalion Fire chief Shawn McCarty at Engine 55 told reporters that it’s a tradition to “come in bearing gifts” on the first day. He said the “usual gift is doughnuts, but you are allowed to bring whatever you want.”McCarty said that some African-Americans took immediate offense to the gesture, finding it “racially insensitive.” Ninety percent of the workers at Engine 55 are African-American, according to Fox 2.Pattison claims his gesture was not a joke and that he did not mean to offend anyone at the fire station.“There is zero tolerance for discriminatory behavior inside the Detroit Fire Department,” Fire Commissioner Eric Jones said in a statement.Pattison was terminated after a “thorough” investigation determined it was the “best course of action,” according to Jones. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Man crashes through retaining wall while driving away from traffic stop

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A man has been arrested after crashing through a retaining wall while attempting to evade police.Police said they pulled the man over along Northwest Seventh Avenue and Fifth Street in Miami, at around 3 a.m., Friday.However, once he stopped, officials said he refused to get out of the car and instead hit the gas.The man lost control of his vehicle and crashed through a barrier and down a retaining wall.Paramedics checked him out on the scene and determined he had been driving under the influence.The man, whose identity was not released, was not hurt but has since been arrested.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

AGDC Seeks Loan From AIDEA

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation has reportedly applied for a loan from the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) to fund work on the $43 billion LNG project. Both AIDEA and AGDC, are public entities under the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development and their financials are public information. However, no one from either corporation will go on record with a definitive “yes” or a “no.” Request for comment sent to an AGDC spokesperson and was not returned by the time of deadline. Multiple sources within the state have confirmed that AGDC has applied for the loan. On the agenda for the AIDEA board of Directors meeting on May 31, listed an “LNG loan” as one of the topics. The AGDC took over control of the AK LNG project in January of 2017 with $106 million remaining from prior gasline appropriations and expects to have $52.5 million at the start of the next fiscal year that begins on July 1.last_img read more