ASA launched an all-new Soy Social and Auction mobile app this week, allowing attendees to easily navigate the event details from their smartphones and other devices.With the Soy Social and Auction app, auction attendees can link to registration to buy tickets, check out items available for bid, review the schedule, see who is supporting ASA by clicking sponsor links and more.To access the app, download Guidebook from the iTunes store or Google Play on your mobile device, open the app and click “Download Guides,” then enter “Touchdown! Soy Social and Auction 2015” in the search bar.Online registration for the Soy Social and Auction will close on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. Register onsite at Commodity Classic beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 from 8 a.m. to noon at the SoyPAC registration desk located in the Phoenix Convention Center.Registration InstructionsRegister online for the 2015 ASA Soy Social and Auction by clicking here. Advance Registration Ticket Options for Individuals and Couples:Individual First Sighting, Dinner and Auction – 5:30 p.m. $125 (before noon on Thursday, Feb. 26) Individual Dinner and Auction – 6 p.m. for $75 (before noon on Thursday, Feb. 26)Individual Auction Only – 7 p.m. for $45 Couples First Sighting, Dinner and Auction – 5:30 p.m. for $240 (before noon on Thursday, Feb. 26) Couples Dinner and Auction – 6 p.m. for $140 (Before noon on Thursday, Feb. 26)Couples Auction Only – 7 p.m. for $90Individuals and couples who purchase Auction Only tickets will only be allowed to enter at 7 p.m.Each actual registration, (single or couple registration) will be given one $50 SOY BUCKS voucher towards the purchase of a Silent or Live Auction item, if the purchase price is at least $50. All Redemption Rules will be on the back of the Soy Bucks.Commemorative 10-year lapel pins are also for sale for $10 apiece. Every pin purchase offers a chance to win a $1,000 cash gift card to be drawn on March 8, 2015.The ASA Soy Social and Auction is sponsored by the following companies: Syngenta, Farm Credit, Rabo AgriFinance, REG Enterprises, Farm Link, Bayer CropScience, MacDon Industries and Illinois Soybean Association.The ASA Soy Social and Auction benefits SoyPAC, ASA’s political action committee. For more information about the 10th Annual Soy Social and Auction contact Farris Haley, email@example.com or Kathie Mullen firstname.lastname@example.org at 1-800-688-7692.
House and Senate conferees have begun meeting to work out differences between the two versions of the Surface Transportation reauthorization bill (Highway Bill) passed by the respective chambers. The conferees hope to reach agreement and conclude their work by the end of November, so that the final conference report can be passed by the House and Senate prior to adjournment in December.The American Soybean Association (ASA) continues to weigh-in on issues of interest to soybean farmers and the agriculture industry. This week, ASA signed onto a letter with 126 organizations representing manufacturers, farmers and agribusinesses, retailers and other supply chain stakeholders in support of the “Port Performance Act” as included in the Senate passed version of the Highway Bill. This provision is intended to help to gain empirical visibility into the operating efficiency of U.S. ports, and help to identify key congestion issues that affect the flow of our nation’s commerce. The letter, which can be viewed here, urges the conferees to include the port performance provisions in the final Conference Report.
Kimberly Sherertz and her late husband, William Sherertz, shared a number of interests, including their mutual enthusiasm for boating on the Columbia RiverBut the Battle Ground widow and mother of two didn’t share her husband’s passion for the $5 million fine-dining venue he envisioned for Washougal’s waterfront.Sherertz said she just doesn’t have the drive to open and operate the multimillion-dollar Black Pearl restaurant that William financed and broke ground on last fall. That’s why she is trying to lease or sell the two-story restaurant’s shell. It was supposed to open this summer on the former site of Washougal’s longtime Parker House Restaurant, overlooking the marina at the Port of Camas-Washougal.“I am just so sad that he couldn’t do this,” Kimberly Sherertz said.William Sherertz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vancouver-based Barrett Business Services Inc., died unexpectedly on Jan. 20. He was 64 years old.At first, Kimberly Sherertz wasn’t sure what to do with the $5 million restaurant project. The 12,000-square-foot building is part of her husband’s estate, which he left to his wife, the couple’s son, Cole; and their daughter, Elizabeth; as well as William’s two daughters, Alex and Sarah.Overwhelmed by decisions, the family finally decided “to push the pause button,” Kimberly Sherertz said.That has meant allowing contractors to finish the building’s exterior walls and roof, install doors and erect the building’s three-sided glass front with its views of Mt. Hood, the 350-slip marina and the Columbia River, just upstream from Steamboat Landing and Cottonwood Beach. Before they put the project on mothballs, construction crews laid gravel down and leveled the area surrounding the east and north sides of the structure.
Three local fire agencies are pooling their resources to save more than $300,000 in personnel costs.Clark County Fire & Rescue, Clark County Fire District 6 and Vancouver Fire Department have consolidated their three training divisions into one.The fire commission boards and the Vancouver City Council recently approved an interlocal agreement among the agencies to share training services. Mike Ciraulo, the training division chief for Clark County Fire & Rescue, is now in charge of all three departments’ training operations. The departments will save more than $300,000 by eliminating duplicated staff positions. Much of the money saved will be reinvested in training and equipment. The departments will also save money by purchasing training materials at a discounted group rate.Prior to the consolidation, the departments had a total of three training-division chiefs, 12 training captains and several administrative assistants. Now the departments have one training chief, eight captains and one person handling administrative work, Ciraulo said.Nobody was laid off as a result of the consolidation, Ciraulo said. Vancouver and Fire District 6 had vacancies at their chief positions and other personnel were reassigned, he said.“We were able to help get personnel back on the fire engines,” said Ciraulo, adding that trainers work office shifts.All training-division personnel remain employees of their respective agencies but serve all three agencies. For example, Ciraulo is still employed and paid by Clark County Fire & Rescue, but he serves the three agencies equally, he said.
SEATTLE — Staff at Mount Rainier National Park gathered Tuesday to grieve the loss of a ranger fatally shot on New Year’s Day — and to wonder what led the gunman, heavily armed and carrying a bulletproof vest, to that rugged, remote spot as he fled another shooting 100 miles away.Ranger Margaret Anderson, a 34-year-old mother of two who was married to another park ranger, was shot and killed Sunday by Benjamin Colton Barnes, a 24-year-old Iraq war veteran. After searching by plane and snowshoe, investigators found Barnes dead, apparently from the cold, in a snowy creek Monday. A handgun and a rifle were near his body.The national park, which receives 1.5 million visitors a year, remained closed Tuesday and was not expected to reopen until at least Friday. Employees attended an all-staff meeting to begin dealing with Anderson’s death. Her husband was on duty elsewhere in the park when she was killed.“We’ve just been devastated by this horrific event, and we’re just not ready to reopen quite yet,” park spokesman Kevin Bacher said. “What happened here at Mount Rainier was unprecedented in the history of the park — unprecedented in the history of most national parks, which are intended to be a place of refuge. We hope we can get it back open soon so that people can return to that place of refuge.”The FBI continued processing vehicles at the crime scene Tuesday, about a mile down the road from the Paradise visitor center. Meanwhile, the King County sheriff’s office was trying to pin down details about a shooting Barnes was involved in at a party in Skyway, south of Seattle.
About 1:50 p.m. Sunday, officers said cars were sliding off the L1400 in the Yacolt Burn near Larch Mountain.An officer was heard to say, “it’s real bad … it’s just a sheet of ice,” over the emergency radio system monitoried at The Columbian.More details later.
TUALATIN, Ore. — Nolan Smith gets to work early. By the time most of his Trail Blazer teammates brew their first cup of coffee, Smith is already inside the practice facility.Coach Terry Stotts has noticed.Smith, whose four professional career starts all came as lead guard, is the first one on the floor. The gym not yet fragranced by sweaty men. The parking lot not yet crowded by luxury sport utility vehicles. And there he is — the point guard designed in a 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame — squaring up for jump shot after shot like he’s Wesley Matthews.October mornings should make for minutes in November and beyond. At least, that’s the purpose for these early-bird workouts. Smith may be a gym resident by nature but now it’s a necessity if he wants to capture the up-for-grabs position of reserve shooting guard.“Nolan has worked really hard,” Stotts said. “He comes in the gym, he’s the first one (here). He gets his shots up an hour-and-a-half before practice. He really wants to improve. He competes, and I think he’s shown progress.”A hole opened up when an Achilles ripped up.During voluntary player workouts, weeks before training camp, shooting guard Elliot Williams tore his left Achilles tendon. The promise of Williams’ third season vanished after he underwent season-ending surgery, and the Blazers were left thin for backup behind the starter, Matthews.
Vancouver will join more than 150 cities in concerted marches Monday across the nation to raise awareness about child abuse and how to help prevent and stop it.The local rendition of the Million March Against Child Abuse is 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at downtown Vancouver’s Esther Short Park, 610 Esther St., the centerpiece of downtown.The event, part of an observation of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, will include a march around the park. Mayor Tim Leavitt will speak and host a pinwheel-planting ceremony from noon to 1 p.m. across the street at City Hall, 415 W. 6th St.Local bands and musicians, including former American Idol contestant Britnee Kellogg of Vancouver, will perform throughout the day at the park.An estimated 3 million child abuse cases are reported each year, according to Children Without A Voice, and as many as 6 million may go unreported.For local event details, visit http://facebook.com/MMACAVancouverWA or email@example.com.
Boeing could furlough some employees in its defense, space and security operations next week if the federal budget stalemate continues, a spokeswoman said Friday.Furloughs are not currently expected in the Commercial Airplanes unit, said spokeswoman Meghan McCormick in Washington, D.C. That unit employs the vast majority of Boeing’s 84,000 workers in Washington state.On the defense side, however, “We are looking at the possibility of furloughs that could start next week,” McCormick said.She said specifics are not available yet.“It’s such a fluid situation” because the shutdown of some government functions affects access to federal worksites, the availability of federal inspectors and many other operations, she said.“We’re looking at each program on a case-by-case basis.”Some top defense contractors have already announced thousands of furloughs. Lockheed Martin will release 3,000 employees Monday and potentially more in coming weeks due to the government shutdown.And United Technologies said it will furlough 2,000 employees by Monday, and more than 5,000 if the shutdown continues into next month.Boeing’s Commercial Airplanes unit in Seattle is authorized to certify completed airliners and make them available to customers, so those deliveries haven’t been interrupted.
Brokerage Sanford C Bernstein says it expects shares in Macau concessionaire SJM Holdings to continue to drop with “little improvement possible” in a damning assessment of the company’s future prospects.In a Friday note, analysts Vitaly Umansky, Zhen Gong and Kelsey Zhu outline a number of risks facing SJM in the long-term, most notable among them being the possibility of losing some or all of the satellite casinos it currently controls under external operators should the Macau government grant some satellite owners direct licenses. RelatedPosts Load More Melco likely to pass Australian regulatory inquiry, target full Crown acquisition: Bernstein Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Pansy Ho becomes first Macau casino boss to speak out for Hong Kong government on protests “SJM has the second largest number of gaming tables in Macau, however 53% of SJM tables (47% of VIP tables, 54% of mass tables) are in satellite casinos,” Bernstein said. “The satellite business generates less than a quarter of SJM’s EBITDA,” yet, “due to the complex relationships between SJM and the satellite casino owners, these tables are not fully under the control of SJM and difficult to be put to better use.“Moreover, there has been concern about whether all the satellite casinos will remain under SJM when current concessions expire in 2020 or 2022 … in the long run, there is a risk for SJM to lose its satellites business if the Macau government decides to grant new licenses to the satellite casino owners.”SJM has suffered significantly from the lack of a Cotai presence in recent years, with its Macau GGR market share falling from a high of 31.3% in 2010 to just 15.0% today.However, Bernstein has warned that even the long-awaited opening of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace – coming at least 18 months after the last of its fellow concessionaires launched their Cotai properties – may not spark the revival the company is banking on.“We expect Grand Lisboa Palace will not open until late 2019 or even 2020,” Bernstein said.“Due to the high construction cost of the property and low ROI in the first few years, we foresee poor value creation for the Grand Lisboa Palace compared with other new Cotai properties.”Bernstein also took aim at recent board movements following the retirement last month of the company’s kingpin, Dr Stanley Ho, which saw his daughter Daisy Ho appointed Chairman, wife Angela Leong promoted to Co-Chairman and Executive Director and ex-wife Ina Chan elevated to the board.“Governance remains convoluted,” the analysts said. “Instead of using Stanley Ho’s retirement as an impetus to make governance and management changes, the company has opted to further entrench the status quo. A hydra-like three headed co-chairman group and the elevation of entrenched management is not an indication that any shake up at the company is forthcoming.”
Budget 2016: The government has committed to ensuring that the pensions industry designs, funds and launches a pensions dashboard by 2019.The commitment, which was announced during the 2016 Budget, will enable individuals to view details of all of their retirement savings in one place.Darren Philp, director of policy and market engagement at The People’s Pension, said: “The government has made a strong commitment today to make a pensions dashboard a reality by 2019. This is an important step.“But we need a dashboard to be designed and run in the interests of the consumer. This means a strong leadership role for government and regulators is crucial. While the industry can play a significant role in the delivery of any dashboard, the government needs to set the right ownership, governance and funding frameworks to ensure it really delivers for savers.”
Retail group Kingfisher has completed a £230 million medically underwritten buy-in transaction for its defined benefit (DB) pension scheme.The transaction, carried out by Legal and General, covered 149 specific scheme members from the £3 billion scheme.Aon and Hymans Robertson also advised on the transaction.Chris Gilchrist, chair of the trustee for Kingfisher Pension Scheme, said: “ This is another important step for the Kingfisher Pension Scheme on its journey towards a target of self-sufficiency by 2030. The annuity provides a further improvement to the financial security of the scheme for all members.”James Mullins, partner and head of risk transfer solutions at Hymans Robertson, added: “At £228m, this is the largest medically underwritten buy-in to date.“Kingfisher becomes the third FTSE 100 company to have completed a medically underwritten buy-in, all of which have been ‘top-slice’ transactions, which insure the pensioners with the highest individual liabilities.’
Pensions law firm Sackers has launched a new financial education programme for its 100 employees, including partners and support staff.Sackers introduced the programme, provided by Nudge, with the aim of ensuring that its staff have access to targeted financial education support that meets their needs, and to provide them with a well-rounded knowledge of all aspects of their personal finances.The programme covers topics such as employee benefits and personal finances, with communication to employees personalised depending on their age, dependents, salary, financial goals, benefit choices, and attitudes to risk.Julia Perrin, director of HR at Sackers, said: “Sackers prides itself on its unique culture and providing a better quality of life than many of our competitors. While our people deal with the intricacies of pensions every day, we wanted to find a better way of engaging them with their employee benefits, and ensuring that their knowledge extended to encompass the entirety of their personal finances.”
Last Thursday, Mayor Carlos Gimenez ordered county officials to comply with President Trump’s strict immigration orders. One of these executive orders included ending all funding to sanctuary cities, like Miami, that decline to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.In fear of losing federal funding, Gimenez ordered the director of his corrections department to begin honoring all requests made by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to hold immigration suspects in Miami-Dade jails.Gimenez explained the order, earlier this week. “It concerns prisoners that are in the custody of Miami-Dade County,” Gimenez said, “that are later identified by the federal government as being illegal and somehow in their system, and they want us to detain them for 48 hours max.”At the rally, Joe Garcia, a former U.S. representative from Florida, said Gimenez, who was born in Cuba, turned his back on immigrants. “From the very origins of this community, people came here to find refuge,” Garcia said. “Carlos Gimenez is a friend of mine, but what Gimenez is, first and foremost, is a refugee.”Now, undocumented immigrants, such as FIU student Julio Calderon, fear that if for some reason they were to get arrested and jailed, they could get deported.“I have never been afraid to be out here for my life,” Calderon said as he took the podium at the Stephen P. Clark Center, Tuesday evening. “This is affecting me in a real way, and this is personal for me.”Calderon has plans to graduate with a degree in economics within the next year. Other students at FIU gathered at the Modesto Maidique campus with signs to protest about the travel ban. “I think that this ban is, first of all, unconstitutional, besides being morally wrong,” said FIU student Francesca Riccio-Ackerman.The executive order bans citizens from seven Middle Eastern countries to enter the United States for 90 days. It also suspends admission of refugees for 120 days.Students at FIU expressed fear of the travel ban, and the university encouraged those who may be affected to refrain from leaving the country.The university released a statement that read in part, “As a community, we must come together to support those among us who may be feeling particularly vulnerable during this uncertain time.”“The xenophobic rhetoric, it didn’t just come under Trump,” said FIU student Isra Ibrahim. “It’s been building on, but Trump just basically came on and enflamed it.”Protesters who are expected to rally together in Fort Lauderdale said Gorsuch has a record of extreme conservatism. They told 7News they hope for a more moderate pick who they believe could help unite the country.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – From a rally at the Stephen P. Clark Center in Downtown Miami to a rally outside of Pembroke Pines City Hall in Pembroke Pines, Wednesday marked the third consecutive day of protests in South Florida against President Donald Trump’s administration.Protesters in South Florida have been fighting back against President Trump’s cabinet picks, a travel ban from seven Middle Eastern countries and multiple policies, ranging from healthcare and education to immigration and environmental issues.Demonstrators sounded off against Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. A rally is scheduled to take place in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Wednesday, at around 5 p.m., near the Federal Courthouse.Dozens rallied outside of the office of Senator Marco Rubio, Wednesday morning, to protest against President Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt.The protest outside of Rubio’s office was planned by Progress For All, a grassroots political and community action group.“We find he can be very detrimental to our environment,” said Farbod Tehranian with Progress For All, “and he’s very against the administration he’s looking to lead.”However, Tuesday evening, activists and members of the community were especially enraged about what they said directly impacts South Florida’s immigrant community.
Traffic closure: Due to a vehicle crash involving an on-duty police officer, N.W. 24 Avenue is closed from 20 Street to 21 Street. The officer suffered minor injuries and the other party reported no injuries. pic.twitter.com/GjQfSALDOW— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) April 2, 2018Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – A Miami police officer collided with another car along Northwest 20th Street and 24th Avenue on Monday.Miami PD says the officer sustained minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital. The other driver was not hurt.Police say the driver of a white Toyota made a left turn in front of the officer, which caused the crash.
MIAMI (WSVN) – A former University of Miami football player is facing felony charges after he was arrested for the third time in three months.Mark Walton, a running back for the Cincinnati Bengals, surrendered to police on Thursday after he was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, marijuana possession and reckless driving from a car chase that occurred on March 12.The former hurricane running back was charged with misdemeanor battery in February and is awaiting trial for a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge from January.Walton was drafted in the fourth round by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2018.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI (WSVN) – A Miami man has been charged with first-degree murder after his girlfriend and their roommate were found dead in a luxury condo.City of Miami Police responded to an apartment in the area of Northeast 32nd Street and Seventh Avenue at approximately 9:30 p.m., Tuesday.Police opened the door to the residence to find two deceased women with multiple stab wounds in a bedroom.Officials took 46-year-old Franklyn Williams into custody on Wednesday.According to the arrest report, Williams was dating one of the victims for 10 years. The other victim was their roommate.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The facility closed its doors when the Cook Inlet gas fields saw a major decline and the facility was unable to secure enough supply in order to keep operating. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Agrium-.mp3VmJennifer-on-Agrium-.mp300:00RPd Agrium is proposing a schedule in which it takes a year to inspect and assess the site, “Assuming plant rehabilitation is economical, and assuming an adequate supply of natural gas can be secured” the company will implement a 26-month plant renovation phase. But the outlook has brightened. More gas is flowing in the aging oil-and-gas basin, and explorers have announced new discoveries. The Agrium facility employed 400 Alaska residents when it was in full operation before it closed in 2007. The new Alaska Manager is Fred Werth. On September 12, 2016, Agrium announced that it had agreed to merge with PotashCorp, which will make the combined company, Nutrien, the largest producer of potash and second-largest producer of nitrogen fertilizer worldwide. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Agrium could see the re-opening of its North Kenai fertilizer facility, the company’s new Alaska manager made the announcement on January 23.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce distributes little yellow bags to local volunteers dedicated to making the Kenai Peninsula a cleaner place to live. The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a week long “spring cleanup” event from May 12-19. Shannon Davis, President of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce: “Spring has sprung, and we have the yellow bags, they are available until we run out and are free.” Davis: “We’ve got a little bit of a change this year, Alaska Waste has upgraded all of their equipment, and they can no longer rear-load their trucks. So, it’s not longer safe for them to pick up the bags from the highway.” Both the Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce are encouraging residents to get outside and get involved in the roadside clean up efforts. To search for other community cleanup events, or to submit your own, click here: KSRM What’s Happening. New this year you won’t be seeing the little yellow trash bags appearing on the sides of local highways like in previous years. The bags will need to be taken to a transfer site or dump station.
The restructuring and layoffs come of the heels of a reported 10 percent workforce reduction at Greenspun.Consolidating and ExpandingIn a statement, the company said it was expanding its custom publishing division and was promoting Ocean Drive magazine editor-in-chief Glenn Albin to editorial director, and former art director Carlos Suarez to creative director of Niche Media. In their newly-created roles, Albin and Suarez will be responsible for growing each publication’s editorial teams and strengthening each “local presence,” the company says. According to the source, Niche management has been tasked with “hiring upwards of 25 new people over next few months.” Niche says it plans to increase frequency in 2009 from six to eight issues per year at Boston Common, Capitol File and Philadelphia Style magazines. Los Angeles Confidential will increase frequency from eight to 10 issues per year.“Niche Media has grown 15 to 20 percent per year on average,” Binn said. “These developments will propel us into our next phase.” After a week full of reports about layoffs at its various products, Niche Media has confirmed that the company has undergone a restructuring.Over the past two years, owner Greenspun Corp. has taken what it calls an “aggressive approach” to its expansion, having acquired Niche Media, the Ocean Drive Media Group and Philadelphia Style magazine. All have been operated under Niche Media.“Each of the acquired businesses were self-sufficient and, to an extent, operated independently,” Niche Media CEO Jason Binn told FOLIO:. “This restructuring was a way for Niche to realize its operating efficiencies, leverage its resources and reduce the redundancies in order for us to expand our business into 2009 as a stronger company—unified under one umbrella.”While Binn declined to comment on the number of employees cut as a result of the restructuring, a well-placed source who wished to remain anonymous told FOLIO: the cuts were “in low single-digit percentage” of the company’s overall workforce.