The American Soybean Association and the US Feed Grains Council have contracted for representation in Vietnam to reinforce and expand market development activities for both organizations. ASA President John Long said, “Vietnam is a country of more than 74 million people who can benefit from US agricultural products. ASA’s goal is to educate the Vietnamese feed and livestock industry on the utility of soybeans. We are joining with the US Feed Grains Council to reduce costs while increasing the effectiveness of our market development programs.”Representation for the two groups has been contracted with Hoang Van, a Hanoi-based firm. ASA Division Director for Asia Gil Griffis said, “Working together with a sister Cooperator will enhance the ability of both organizations to create and build a new market for US soybeans and feed grains.” ASA has been marketing US soybeans in Asia for nearly forty years.ASA’s activities to expand international markets for US soybeans and products are made possible by producer checkoff dollars invested by the United Soybean Board and cost-share funding provided to ASA by the US Department of Agriculture. Additional funds are provided by various state soybean councils, including a significant contribution toward funding for programs in Vietnam by the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to show that conservation is important to you.2014 National and Midwest Region Winner David Ausberger and wife LeAnna, of Jefferson, Iowa, (center) accept their award from ASA President Ray Gaesser (right) and Monsanto’s Mindy Whittle (left), at the 2014 Commodity Classic.Tell the story of how conservation is a part of your farm operation and you could be one of the next regional winners of a Conservation Legacy Award. The application deadline is extended to Aug. 20, 2014. The awards recognize U.S. soybean farmers who distinguish themselves through outstanding environmental and conservation practices while farming profitably. To find more information and access the online application, click here. All U.S. soybean farmers are eligible to submit an application for the Conservation Legacy Awards. Winners from three regions (Midwest, Northeast and South) each receive an expense-paid trip for two to the Commodity Classic conference and trade show, Feb. 26-28, 2015 in Phoenix, Ariz. A National Conservation Legacy Award winner is chosen from the three regional winners. In addition, the regional winners are featured in video stories and a special insert in Corn & Soybean Digest.Entries are judged on soil management, water management, input management, farmstead protection and conservation and environmental management.See videos featuring recent winners and how conservation plays a role on their land by clicking here.The Conservation Legacy Awards program is sponsored by the American Soybean Association, BASF, Monsanto, the United Soybean Board/soybean checkoff and Corn & Soybean Digest.
Scott Desing, Chief Business Development Officer for Devansoy, visited the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) program’s office to meet with WISHH Executive Director Jim Hershey and Asia Program Manager Alan F. Poock. Devansoy is a manufacturer of soy protein ingredients used in a wide range of products, including soymilk, dairy analogs, cereal, baked goods and skin-care products. Through ASA/WISHH’s activities in Bangladesh, Devansoy has worked with PRAN, the country’s largest food processor, on how to use one of their ingredients in the manufacturing of soymilk. There is a growing interest by Bangladeshi food manufacturers on how to incorporate soy proteins into their products.A wide range of topics were covered during the meeting, including future ASA/WISHH programs, trade teams to the U.S. and other Devansoy products.Funding for ASA/WISHH’s work in Bangladesh is provided by the Foreign Agriculture Service’s (FAS) Emerging Market Program (EMP).
Kudos go to Mike Cunningham, Bismarck, Ill., who shared videos of soybean harvest on his farm this month via Twitter. You can follow Mike at @soyfarmer62 . Thanks for sharing a glimpse of life on the farm Mike!
Bethany Storro’s father said Friday that the family soon will likely release a written statement, read by a family friend, regarding the new twist in her case.Police Thursday said Storro burned her own face with acid, then made up a story about being attacked by a stranger.Friday morning, her father, Joe Neuwelt, said he believes the family owes the public an explanation.“We think it’s fair, we think it’s viable, and in all honesty we owe that to you,” he said in a brief interview at the family’s home in west Vancouver. “We’re dealing with a lot of things right now,” he added before going back into the house.Police said Thursday they think Storro’s father and mother, Nancy Neuwelt, believed their daughter’s story at first. When detectives obtained a warrant and searched the Neuwelts’ home Thursday, they were fully cooperative, police said.Storro could face criminal charges when the investigation is complete, but no decisions have been made and she has not been arrested.
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Quick to tangle, Republican presidential rivals Rick Perry and Mitt Romney sparred vigorously over job creation and Social Security on Wednesday night in a feisty campaign debate that marked a contentious new turn in the race to pick a 2012 challenger to President Barack Obama.Far more than in earlier GOP debates this summer, the candidates mixed it up in their first face-off since Perry entered the race and almost instantly overtook Romney as front-runner in opinion polls. Those two — as well as other contenders on stage — sniped at one another, contradicted allegations and interrupted media questioners to demand opportunities to take each other on.“Michael Dukakis created jobs three times faster than you did, Mitt,” Perry jabbed in the debate’s opening moments, referring to one of Romney’s Democratic predecessors as governor of Massachusetts. “As a matter of fact, George Bush and his predecessors created jobs at a faster rate than you did,” Romney shot back at Perry, the 10-year incumbent Texas governor.The debate was the first of three in as many weeks, at a time when the economy is struggling, unemployment is seemingly stuck at 9.1 percent and Obama’s popularity is sinking in the polls — all events that could make the GOP nomination worth more than it appeared only a few months ago.
Construction will begin next month on Woodland’s new police station, a nearly $2.5 million project meant to alleviate the department’s growing pains.When the city’s current 1,000-square-foot police station was built in 1971, there were only three full-time staffers — now there are 12.Woodland Mayor Grover Laseke said the larger space at 300 E. Scott Ave. will let police stretch out, relieving the increasing burden of operating in such cramped quarters. The department’s detective currently works in an old broom closet.In November 2011, Woodland voters approved a 0.1 percentage point sales tax increase to build the station, which will pay off the project’s cost over 25 years.After an 11 a.m. ground-breaking ceremony April 13, construction on the modular building is expected to wrap up in August.
The speed radar squeals, clocking a gray Kia Optima going 90 mph in a 70 mph zone just south of Exit 36 on Interstate 5 northbound during Tuesday’s rush hour.The driver doesn’t notice Trooper Alexis Tonissen in the neighboring lane. She drives an unmarked white Chevrolet Impala with tinted windows, its lights hidden in the grille and inside the windshield.Even if you could tell it was a cop car, aggressive or speeding motorists often aren’t paying enough attention to notice, she says.After pulling over the Optima, the 62-year-old driver says he’s just trying to get home to Tacoma. It’s a common excuse that Washington State Patrol troopers hear when they catch speeders.They didn’t realize they were going so fast. They were just going with the flow of traffic.Many motorists on this stretch of I-5 near Kelso, Tonissen explains, are just passing through. She cites the man for going 10 mph over the speed limit, instead of 20, which would be considered aggressive driving. People don’t intend for their car to be a weapon, Tonissen says, but when they drive aggressively, the car becomes one.
The Columbia River Crossing appears close to a mitigation agreement with two of the three major riverfront manufacturers negatively affected by the project, after Greenberry Industrial announced Monday that it was nearing a deal.The company’s statement follows a similar confirmation by Oregon Iron Works last week. But the CRC so far hasn’t found the same progress with the third business, Vancouver-based Thompson Metal Fab.“We haven’t reached any settlement with them,” Thompson spokesman Tom Hunt said Monday.CRC officials expect to use millions of taxpayer dollars to compensate the three manufacturers who say they’d be squeezed by the $3.4 billion Interstate 5 Bridge replacement, which would reduce the maximum clearance under the freeway. Project and state leaders have spent recent months negotiating with each company to determine just how much they’ll pay as mitigation.Greenberry’s statement indicates those talks are approaching a resolution on two of three fronts.“Greenberry Industrial is close to reaching a mitigation agreement with Oregon and Washington on the impact a restricted-height Interstate 5 bridge would have on our company’s operations,” Greenberry’s statement said. “We are encouraged by the progress of recent negotiations and are optimistic about reaching an agreement that will enable Greenberry to maintain its proven business model and will protect critical manufacturing jobs for our employees in both states.”Through a spokesman, the company declined further comment. It’s unclear how much the CRC would pay Greenberry under the agreement, or whether Greenberry would move any part of its existing operation downstream of a new I-5 bridge.
Clark County’s schools strive for safetyA new state law, Senate Bill 5197, provides $10 million for upgraded technology to expedite the response and arrival time of law enforcement to schools in emergencies. The program is being overseen by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.“We’re finalizing a grant program around this,” said Scott Black, a program development manager at OSPI. “We’re assuming it’s a one-time appropriation.”School districts will be able to apply for grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to upgrade school security systems for “technology that gets a school district to faster response times,” Black said. “What we’re focusing on are the outcomes: better information to law enforcement, faster.”The grant parameters will be spelled out on the OSPI website by mid-December. Districts will have until mid-March to complete a grant application. The biennial grant would be wrapped up by June 2015, Black said.On the Web:Read Senate Bill 5197 at: Washington Votes— Susan ParrishRIDGEFIELD — The final bell echoes over the campus of Ridgefield High School at 2:45 p.m. on an overcast day in early November. Students filter out of the building, passing freshly planted trees, dirt and gravel as crews work on an expansion to the building on the back of the campus. Across the street, a man wearing khaki pants and a ribbed black sweater stands, watching.
Listen and learn about King’s legacyIf you’re less into volunteering and more into listening and learning, there’s still lots you can do in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.o The fourth annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast comes to Clark College, beginning at 9 a.m. Jan. 20 at Gaiser Hall. The subject is violence and the keynote speaker is Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia, a doctor and psychiatrist who is an expert in addiction medicine and healing trauma. Tickets start at $30.o Washington State University Vancouver’s Jan. 20 Day of Service event features interactive morning workshops and a lunchtime talk on “Women and Poverty: Dispelling the Myths and Breaking the Cycle” by associate professor of English Desiree Hellegers. She is the author of a book about homeless women in Seattle. RSVP to Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.o The Baha’is of Vancouver will host “Beyond the Dream,” a showing of videos of King’s lesser-known speeches. That takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 20 at 4016 East 13th Street. Refreshments will be served after the program. It’s free.o Clark College hosts Lee Mun Wah, a Chinese American educator and filmmaker, speaking on diversity issues at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 22 at the Gaiser Student Center. There will be a 1 p.m. student dialog with Wah, and at 5:30 p.m. a showing of Lee Mun Wah’s film “If These Halls Could Talk,” an unflinching look at racism on college campuses, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker. Gaiser Student Center, with light refreshments served.
Vancouver technology startup Trek Global sees a big niche in helping small businesses manage inventory and recordkeeping using cloud-based services, and it believes it has the products to fill that niche.Trek Global’s challenge is to get the word out to prospective customers so that it can stay ahead of competition in the fast-evolving world of cloud data storage and management. It believes that nearly half of all companies will move to what is called cloud Enterprise Resource Planning software in the next five years, and hopes for huge growth from its revenue of $1.2 million in 2013.That’s why the company, with 12 U.S. employees, including seven based in Vancouver, pitched to the Oregon Entrepreneur Network’s Angel Oregon fund for investment funding for marketing and promotions. The company is a semifinalist in the rigorous competition, and on Monday it will learn whether it will be one of three companies headed into a final round in the competition. Winners in the Angel Oregon spring contest typically receive investments of $200,000 to $300,000.“Our product is ready to go. We just need for people to hear about us,” said Joel Stangeland, Trek Global’s CEO.Stangeland, 45, is a Vancouver native and Evergreen High School graduate. He spent time working for various technology companies on the East Coast and California but returned to his hometown four years ago with business partner Joel Hoffman to launch Trek Global.“I could see these was a deep need that wasn’t being served,” he said.That market need, he says, is for cloud-based data management tools for midsize companies that are too large for QuickBook tools but too small to afford the services of companies such as SAP, Oracle and Microsoft. Trek Global offers comprehensive warehouse and distribution management for data and a flexible pricing structure.
The condition of a Portland man injured in a motorcycle crash on Monday has improved. Darcy Harding, 51, was sent to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in critical condition following the crash reported at 11:22 a.m. Monday, but was upgraded to satisfactory condition Thursday.Harding was driving a Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic south on the highway in rural Cowlitz County and slowed for a yield sign before the motorcycle fell to the left and struck the pavement near the Yale Bridge, according to Washington State Patrol. Troopers are investigating the cause of the crash.
Staff at Vancouver’s two hospitals have been monitoring the Ebola outbreak, reviewing hospital practices and preparing for the possibility of a local case.Officials at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center have been meeting for the past several weeks to discuss Ebola.Asking patients about recent travel is a standard part of the hospital’s intake procedure, said Brian Willoughby, hospital spokesman. But staff are now also asking a more specific travel question: Have you traveled to Africa in the last 30 days?PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center has formed a multi-disciplinary Ebola preparedness team that is working to ensure hospital practices are aligned with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Hospital officials are also reminding staff to repeatedly ask about trips outside of the U.S.“The experience at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas has demonstrated the importance of asking patients about travel outside the United States within the past 21 days,” said Randy Querin, a hospital spokesman. “While this has been part of our preparation from the beginning, it’s a great reminder of the high value of this information in producing a rapid diagnosis, which would allow us to quickly begin treatment of the patient and ensure the safety of caregivers and the community.”–Marissa HarshmanDALLAS — The death of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States renewed questions about his medical care and whether Thomas Eric Duncan’s life could have been extended or saved if the Texas hospital where he first sought help had taken him in sooner.
A small fire at a Battle Ground middle school resulted in minimal damage and no injured classroom pets.The fire, reported just after 9 p.m. Monday at Chief Umtuch Middle School, started when a power strip that was being used by a fish tank failed, according to Battle Ground School District Spokesman Sean Chavez.Firefighters with Clark County Fire & Rescue were dispatched to the school, 700 N.W. Ninth St. When they arrived, they found the small fire had spread to a bookshelf in Room 185, a science classroom, Chavez said. A fire sprinkler was activated in the room, suppressing the fire and keeping it contained to the room, said Clark County Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy. The sprinkler activation triggered an alarm to summon firefighters, who finished extinguishing the flames.Chavez said that crews started cleaning up Monday night and that school will be open as schedule on Monday, Jan. 5.
“Okada Manila has good potential to establish itself as a leading IR in Entertainment City thanks to its scale and high-end focus,” it stated.“The ramp-up is well under way and Universal expects to complete the construction in 3Q19. Project risk is limited, even after accounting for potential delays and cost overruns, as most of the investment has been completed.”Fitch also noted that Okada Manila meant Universal was well-placed to capitalize on economic growth in the Philippines.However, it noted that the company lacks a track record in the VIP sector upon which it will rely heavily for revenue growth.“It will not only compete directly with established local competitors such as Solaire and City of Dreams, but also strong and experienced overseas rivals,” Fitch said. “As a result, there is limited earnings and cash flow visibility in these sub-segments and greater risk that actual performance may lag behind Universal’s growth targets.”Fitch also noted that Universal’s domestic prospects via its pachinko and pachislot business remained volatile.“Performance in the segment has been affected by regulatory changes that led to a spike in demand ahead of their implementation in 2017. This was followed by a sharp decline in revenue to JPY32 billion and an operating loss of JPY2 billion in January to September 2018, compared with revenue of JPY50 billion and a profit of JPY9 billion in the nine months to December 2017,” it said.“We expect segmental margins to stay below historical averages in view of the downward pressure on pachinko hall operators’ income as a result of declining player numbers and more stringent regulation. There is also limited visibility over the timing and the extent of this recovery.”Fitch also assigned Universal’s proposed US senior secured notes an expected instrument rating of ‘B+(EXP)’ subject to receipt of final documentation confirming current information. 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status Japan’s Universal Entertainment Corp has been assigned a Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) of B+ with a Stable Outlook by Fitch Ratings Japan Limited, with the ratings agency pointing to the company’s strong market position in Manila via Okada Manila but limited casino operations and pachinko headwinds as impacting its rating.In a Friday release, Fitch said that Universal’s position as a leading IR operator in Manila’s Entertainment City was considered favorably. Load More Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August RelatedPosts
DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating after an accidental shooting injured one person at a Davie home, Friday morning.Davie police are still searching for the shooter.The incident took place at a house located near Southwest Eighth Street and 136th Avenue, sometime before 6 a.m.According to officials, an adult was shot and injured, and the injuries were not life-threatening.7Skyforce flew over the scene as Davie Police spoke with family members.The front of the home could be seen taped off, as an investigation is underway into who might have fired the shot.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Police were out in full force Tuesday morning, spreading love on Valentine’s Day in Homestead.Parents dropping off their kids at Avocado Elementary School received a red rose from police and some sound advice.“It’s really important for our children to wear their safety belts — not only the children, but their parents,” said Miami-Dade Police Detective Robin Pinkard. “Today is Valentine’s Day, so we decided to hand out roses to the parents that are wearing their safety belts, along with their children, and if they’re not, we will still provide them with a rose and advise them on the importance of wearing their safety belts.”Officers wanted to remind parents and students to buckle up and not forget to spread love on this day.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A brush fire erupted in Southwest Miami-Dade on Sunday.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Florida Forestry responded to the fire, which threatened nearby homes and horse-riding facilities near Southwest 139th Block and 205th Avenue.MDFR dropped gallons of water via helicopter to contain and eventually extinguish the fire.Several horses were saved, and no injuries were reported, fire rescue crews said.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI (WSVN) – Zoo Miami is featuring one of the world’s rarest wild pigs for the first time.The zoo welcomed Watson, a 3-year-old babirusa which is usually found in Africa, Europe and Asia.Watson was born at the Saint Louis Zoo and came to Zoo Miami on loan from the Bronx Zoo in New York.He looks different than the average wild pig because of his tusks. Most have them at the bottom of their mouth, but this type of pig has an additional pair that sits right on top of their nose.This is the first time that Zoo Miami has exhibited this unique wild pig.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.