ASAWISHH Welcomes African Aquaculture Professionals to Auburn University

first_imgParticipants examine fish and learn about new techniques in aquaculture. Credit: WISHH Aquaculture professionals from Nigeria and Ghana visit Auburn University to learn new techniques and technologies in aquaculture. Credit: WISHHWith funding from USDA’s Emerging Markets Program (EMP), the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) program organized a two week course at Auburn University’s School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences for aquaculture professionals from Nigeria and Ghana.The group included entrepreneurs, professors and consultants interested in learning new techniques and technologies that could improve their fish farming profitability and production. With strong demand for fish in the region, the use of soy protein-based feed has the potential to become an important part of the development of the African aquaculture industry.last_img read more

ASA Commemorates 10th Anniversary of ASA SoyPAC

first_imgIt started as a dream 10 years ago, but today it’s one of the more influential voices on Capitol Hill. The ASA SoyPAC is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2015, and invites ASA members to share in the success with this limited edition commemorative lapel pin.“For 10 years the ASA SoyPAC has given ASA the ability to support legislators who champion soybean farmer priorities,” said Eric Maupin, ASA SoyPAC Committee Chairman. “These priorities and policies protect and increase the market value and opportunities for soybean growers.”ASA members can purchase a commemorative lapel pin either online or by downloading a purchase form for $10 each. ASA members who purchase a pin will be entered into a drawing for a $1,000 gift card. The drawing will take place at the ASA 10th Annual Soy Social and Auction on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at the Commodity Classic in Phoenix, Ariz.To purchase a commemorative lapel pin online or download a purchase form and for more information about the ASA Soy Social and Auction click here.last_img read more

ASA Kudos this Week…

first_imgKudos go to Bob Worth, Lake Benton, Minn., (third from left) who recently welcomed AGP and a trade team to visit, talk soybeans and ride the combine for an afternoon on his farm. Bob said no matter how busy he is, he always makes time for these special visits. Thanks for being such a great host Bob!Click here to see last week’s ASA Kudos!last_img

Data on Community Services Northwest clients missing

first_imgA laptop computer that went missing from a local nonprofit agency contains personal and health-related information of as many as 2,400 current and former clients.The computer was discovered missing from the offices of Community Services Northwest on Dec. 6 and is believed to have disappeared after Nov. 6.Community Services Northwest provides mental health and addiction treatment as well as supportive housing to low-income people. Its main office is in the Center for Community Health at 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.; its satellite “Wellness Project” is nearby at 317 E. 39th St.Staff members believe the laptop was stolen. They filed a police report, but as of yet there is “no indication that any information on the computer has been accessed or used by any unauthorized individuals,” according to a statement from Marjorie Dorsey, the agency’s HIPAA compliance officer. HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, which governs the privacy of medical information and records.“According to HIPAA standards, we have a 60-day window from discovery” to notify the public that private data may have been compromised, Dorsey said. That’s why the notice of the Dec. 6 discovery just went out, she said — along with individual letters to everyone that may have been affected.2,400 possibly affectedClient data from the last four years were on the laptop, Dorsey said. That could mean as many as 2,400 people, she said. The current Community Services Northwest client load is about 1,500 people, she said.last_img read more

States minimum wage going up 13 cents Jan 1

first_imgWashington’s minimum wage will increase by 13 cents to $9.32 per hour beginning Jan. 1, 2014, the Department of Labor & Industries announced Monday.The state minimum wage is based on a cost of living formula included in Initiative 688, approved by Washington voters in 1998. The 13-cent-per-hour increase, from $9.19 an hour, reflects a 1.455 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers over the last 12 months ending August 31, Labor & Industries said in a news release. The Consumer Price Index increase was announced earlier this month by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.The CPI-W measures average price changes for goods and services purchased by urban wage earners and clerical workers. The goods and services it monitors include basic living costs such as food, clothing, shelter, fuels and services such as doctor visits.Washington is one of 10 states, including Oregon, that adjusts the minimum wage based on inflation and the CPI. Washington has the highest minimum wage, followed by Oregon, which recently announced its 2014 minimum wage will rise by 15 cents, to $9.10 per hour.Washington’s minimum wage applies to workers in both agricultural and non-agricultural jobs, although 14 and 15-year-olds may be paid 85 percent of the adult minimum wage, or $7.92 per hour in 2014.More information on Washington’s minimum wage is available at Wages.Lni.wa.gov.Employers and workers also may call 360-902-5316 or 1-866-219-7321.last_img read more

Both sides in labor dispute call negotiations fruitful

first_imgUnion dockworkers and grain-terminal owners in the Northwest, who’ve sparred for more than a year over terms of a new labor contract, said Wednesday that renewed negotiations this week have been fruitful.In a statement issued to The Columbian, Jennifer Sargent, spokeswoman for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, said the negotiations held on Oct. 21 and 22 “were positive and productive.”Pat McCormick, spokesman for the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association — whose membership includes United Grain Corp. at the Port of Vancouver — said Sargent’s comments are “consistent” with his understanding of how the restarted talks are going.Neither party will comment on the specifics of their new and productive negotiations. But both are expected to schedule additional discussions in the weeks ahead. Wednesday’s news suggests the potential for a resolution of a long-running and bitter conflict.Two essential arguments frame the dispute: To boost their competitiveness, the grain handlers say, they want a new contract that mirrors employer-friendly terms the ILWU signed in February 2012 with Export Grain Terminal in Longview. The union says the demands by United Grain, Columbia Grain in Portland and Louis Dreyfus Commodities — which operates facilities in Portland and Seattle — aim to break the union and hurt workers.last_img read more

Snow puts some local businesses on ice

first_imgThe recent blast of snow and ice was rough on hundreds of Clark County businesses, causing many to lose revenue as most people hunkered down at home during the blustery weekend weather.Many retail businesses cut hours or closed shop altogether in order to keep their employees safe, knowing the cutbacks would have a negative effect on the bottom line. That was a choice worth making for Vancouver restaurant owner Glenda McCarthy, who decided not to open her Vancouver diner on Sunday, usually the busiest day of the week for her venue, Christine’s Restaurant on East Evergreen Boulevard.“I felt bad closing on Sunday, which made my employees lose eight hours of pay and made me lose the best day of the week,” said McCarthy, who has operated the small breakfast-and-lunch spot since 1999, on Monday morning. “Now, I’m hoping (the snow) melts down and it rains.”A veteran of the restaurant business, McCarthy said the onset of winter typically brings on a chill for the sector. After spending more freely over the holidays, consumers in January and February are focused on paying off charge cards and preparing their federal income tax returns, she said.“January is notoriously slow,” McCarthy said.She added that Sunday business has been slow for the last three weeks as some of Christine’s regular Sunday clientele made other plans during the Seattle Seahawks’ Sunday playoff games and the Super Bowl.last_img read more

VISTA application workshop sessions set for June 2425

first_imgThe AmeriCorps VISTA program of Southwest Washington is seeking project applications for the 2014-2015 service year.Five VISTA positions will be awarded for anti-poverty projects within focus areas of economic opportunity, education, veterans and military families, and healthy futures.For more information about focus areas, see http://www.nationalserviceresources.gov/npm/vista.Nonprofit and public agencies in Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties are encouraged to send a representative to attend one application workshop, where all relevant information will be covered.Application workshops are set for 9:30 a.m. to noon June 24 and 1:30 to 4 p.m. June 25. Both sessions will be at the Clark County Public Works Operations Center, 4700 N.E. 78th St.To attend, please register by June 20, via Erin Adams at 360-735-3693 or email vistaleader@hsc-wa.org.Application materials are available online at www.hsc-wa.org/about-americorps-vista. The application deadline is July 18.last_img read more

Man gets 30 years in rape assault

first_imgA Clark County judge sentenced a Portland man Wednesday to 30 years in prison for beating and raping his former girlfriend. The judge said Charles E. Paschal, 34, deserved the exceptionally long sentence because he showed no remorse for his crimes. Paschal, 34, was found guilty May 28 of first-degree assault, first-degree rape and unlawful imprisonment. The jury also found that the crimes were aggravated because they were committed in the presence of children.The victim said the children distracted Paschal, allowing her to escape from what had been hours of torture. Naked except for a bra, the victim scaled two fences in the dark and knocked on the door of strangers to summon help, according to testimony during Paschal’s trial. A paramedic who responded to the scene testified that the victim was so badly injured that he didn’t recognize her, despite the fact that she had been a guest at his wedding.“You tried to end my life, but I am determined to heal,” the victim said in a statement read aloud by a victim’s advocate Wednesday. “Your brutality will never beat the enduring aspect of this human heart, this one inside me, which thrives on love, not hate. You can never take that from me.”The aggravated nature of the crimes allowed Judge Suzan Clark to impose an exceptional sentence, which is greater than the state’s standard sentencing range of 17 to 22 1/2 years.last_img read more

Small fire burning in Goat Rocks Wilderness

first_imgPACKWOOD — A small fire is burning in a remote and inaccessible section of the Goat Rocks Wilderness in the northern Gifford Pinchot National Forest.Cause of the fire is undetermined, however the area did get numerous lightning strikes in mid-August. The fire first was reported on Sunday and is estimate to be 6 acres.“There is no known threat to the public,” said Gar Abbas, Cowlitz Valley district ranger. Firefighting personnel are scouting the area for appropriate locations to safely construct containment or contingency lines if needed. They also are making daily observations of the area.Smoke may be visible from U.S. Highway 12 and the occasionally the Packwood area.There are no fire-related road or trail closures.The fire is called the Goat Fire.“Public and firefighter safety are our top priorities and drive how we act to suppress this fire,” Abbas said.last_img read more

Sands China reveals gaming and nongaming features of The Londoner Macao

first_img JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner RelatedPosts Load More They include a new 6,000-seat arena, rebranding of the mall to Shoppes at The Londoner, street shows, a VR experience plus a new Dongbei and Sichuan cuisine restaurant, a Thai restaurant, a British styled restaurant named Churchill’s Table and a gastropub by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.The project also broadens the current MICE capabilities and intends to bring West End shows to the theater. A Piccadilly Circus’ Eros statue, double-decker buses, pubs, telephone booths, pop culture, the Changing of the Guards and most of the icons that make London famous, will be part of The Londoner, the company hinted during the presentation.It may also feature more gaming options, with capacity for up to 450 tables and 2,000 slot machines, although the gaming floor space itself won’t change.Discussing the upgrades, Dr Wong said Sands China “never underestimated competitors” and that “Macau has the highest standards in hospitality, so everybody is trying to increase quality.”Non-gaming entertainment options comprise 95% of the budget for The Londoner Macau, Dr Wong added. Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch Sands China’s transformation of Sands Cotai Central into The Londoner Macao will see the property’s main façade recreate the architecture of the Houses of Parliament, including a replica of the Big Ben clock, and comprise more than 6,000 hotel rooms across four hotels.Further details of The Londoner Macao were unveiled at a special media preview on Wednesday in which Las Vegas Sands President and COO Rob Goldstein and Sands China President Wilfred Wong also revealed some of the planned non-gaming amenities.last_img read more

Unite Students launches voluntary benefits programme

first_imgStudent accommodation provider Unite Students has introduced a voluntary benefits programme for its 1,237 members of staff.The scheme, provided by Perkbox, gives employees access to more than 100 practical and recreational benefits and perks, such as retail discounts and savings on items including gym memberships, cinema tickets, groceries and travel.Staff can redeem these through an online platform and smartphone app.Unite Students has launched the programme to further enhance its employee benefits package and to reinforce the organisation as a great place to work.Ruth George, human resources director at Unite Students, said: “It’s a really exciting time to work at Unite Students. We are a recognised employer of choice and have just been given living wage accreditation.“In addition, we wanted our voluntary benefits package to reflect the buzz that was happening across the business. We’re rejuvenating our benefits offering to ensure that our hardworking employees feel appreciated, motivated and happy.”last_img read more

Deutsche Bank cuts variable compensation pool by 77

first_imgGerman global banking and financial services organisation Deutsche Bank has decreased its 2016 overall variable compensation pool by 77% to €0.5 billion (£0.4 billion).The organisation, which employs 99,744 members of staff, had a variable compensation pool of €2.4 billion (£2 billion) in 2015.The variable compensation pool includes an annual performance award, long-term performance award, and a division performance award. Variable compensation awards are based on individual and group performance.Senior employees received the group component of the variable compensation award but not the individual component.The organisation ran its recognition awards in the 2016 financial year. These awards pay out twice a year, and recognise the contribution of more junior staff. Employees up to the assistance vice-president level who were not eligible for a recognition award were eligible to receive a limited individual variable compensation award.The organisation also fulfilled binding contractual agreements, such as bonuses covered by collective labour agreements.The organisation’s management board waived its variable compensation for 2016.Deutsche Bank awarded special long-term incentives, or retention awards, to 5,522 employees in early 2017, partially made up of shares. These will be deferred for up to five years, with an additional retention period of 12 months. These incentives are designed to aid retention rather than recognise employee performance in 2016, so they are not considered part of the 2016 compensation pool.Fixed pay increased by 3% between 2015 and 2016, rising from €8.1 billion (£7 billion) to €8.3 billion (£7.2 billion).Total compensation, including both fixed and variable compensation elements, decreased from €10.5 billion (£9 billion) in 2015 to €8.9 billion (£7.7 billion) in 2016.John Cryan, chief executive officer at Deutsche Bank, said: “2016 was a very challenging year for us at Deutsche Bank. It was also a year in which we demonstrated our resilience and changed much for the better, despite a tough environment.“We are making progress towards our goal of building a better Deutsche Bank; a bank which enables growth in the economy, serves society and creates a positive impact for our clients, our people, the communities we serve and for our shareholders.”last_img read more

Masked crook goes on armed robbery spree

first_imgLAUDERDALE LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – A masked thief went on a crime spree in Lauderdale Lakes, terrorizing victims at several locations.According to police, the suspect, who was wearing a mask and carried a shotgun held a couple at gunpoint and tried to take their keys at a gas station, near North State Road 7 and 44th Street, on July 28.Just minutes later, detectives believe the same crook robbed a man at a Bank of America, on Oakland Park Boulevard.Officers are now trying to track down the suspect’s getaway car, which they have identified as a Toyota Corolla, possibly silver in color.If you have any information on these robberies, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

MiamiDade College hosts vigils for school shooting victims at several campuses

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami-Dade College hosted a number of vigils at its campuses across South Florida.Hundreds gathered in Northwest Miami-Dade Friday to mourn the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting — and pray for their families.“Today our country, our city and our community mourn the 17 lives that were taken too early, 17 people will not hug their family, will not laugh again, will not kiss their loved ones or have the chance to say goodbye,” said MDC student Alexandra Pacheco. “These candles are lit in memory of them.”Students also wrote messages of hope and prayers dedicated to the victims, survivors and first responders.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Loggerhead found tangled in fishing line released after rehabilitation

first_imgMARATHON, FLA. (WSVN) – A sea turtle has returned to its watery home after months of rehabilitation in the Florida Keys.Judy, a loggerhead, was found tangled in a fishing trap line back in early February. After losing one of her flippers and undergoing months of rehabilitation at The Turtle Hospital in Marathon, she was released back into her natural habitat on Saturday.“Mother’s Day is a special time, and having a female turtle like Judy, that we know is going to go out there, and when she hits maturity is going to be laying eggs, is just a wonderful feeling, for mothers and for everybody, really,” said Bette Zirkelbach, the hospital’s manager.The Turtle Hospital has been treating and rehabilitating injured turtles for more than 30 years.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Coast Guard offloads nearly 2 tons of cocaine marijuana in Miami Beach

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – The United States Coast Guard offloaded nearly two tons of drugs in Miami Beach, Tuesday.Over 3,500 pounds of cocaine and marijuana was found on three smuggling vessels in the Caribbean over the last couple of months.“The contraband landed by the Bernard C. Webber crew is a testament to the professional expertise and dedication of U.S. law enforcement agencies and international partners working together to combat the flow of illicit drugs through the Caribbean Region and into the United States,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jeremy Montes, duty enforcement officer at Coast Guard 7th District.The drugs have an estimated value of $47 million.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Fire Rescue responds to reports of sick crew members on plane at

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue responded to reports of several crew members falling ill on a plane at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.Crews responded to the American Airlines flight just before noon, Thursday after receiving reports of an odor in the cabin before landing.Several patients reported feeling dizzy and lightheaded. The aircraft was evacuated.American Airlines has issued the following statement regarding the incident:“American Airlines flight 1897, from Philadelphia to Fort Lauderdale, landed today around 11 a.m. Shortly before landing, crew members complained of an odor on board. The aircraft, an Airbus 320 with 137 passengers and a crew of five, landed safely and taxied to the gate. Two pilots and three flight attendants asked to be taken to the hospital as a precaution. No passengers requested medical attention. The aircraft is being evaluated by our maintenance team.”The airline said the odor stemmed from an issue with the plane’s air conditioning unit.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Target looking to fill nearly 100 jobs at new Miami Beach store

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Target is looking to hire approximately 100 employees for their Miami Beach store set to open in less than two months.The company will be hosting a job fair from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 21 through June 23 at the Marriott Miami Biscayne Bay, located at 1633 North Bayshore Drive.The company’s first small-format store in Miami, located at 1045 Fifth Street, will open its doors on Aug. 18.The store is designed to cater to an area where a full-sized Target would not fit.Interested applicants are encouraged to apply ahead of the job fair here, but walk-ins are also welcome. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Christmas in July Santa makes a stop at Holtz Childrens Hospital in

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – It’s Christmas in July for some very special kids.Santa Claus paid a visit to young patients at Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami, Thursday.Old Saint Nick handed out gifts and posed for pictures, giving the children a brief distraction from life in the hospital.“A lot of these kids, some of them have some types of terminal illness or serious illness, and unfortunately, that day to day of getting medications, therapy — it’s a toll on them,” said City of Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Manuel Arango, “so I think it was a great idea or very important to bring them out here and distract them for a little while.”The kids were also able to explore a fire truck and were taught fire safety skills.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more