Weed management and herbicide resistance issues, new precision ag technologies in production, global sustainability requirements to meet world soybean demand and many other issues are all having an impact on soybean farmers’ profitability. ASA created the new Soybean Marketing and Production College to educate soybean producers on how to capitalize on these growing trends and new technologies to maximize on-farm profitability.The event will take place on July 30 in Minneapolis.The Soybean Marketing and Production College will feature a keynote presentation from Matt Roberts of Ohio State University, who will provide a grain market situation and biofuels outlook.Attendees will also have the ability to attend three intensive, hands-on workshops where growers will dig deep down on the following breakout session topics:Develop an integrated weed management plan for your farm to maximize profitabilityThe U.S. Soy Sustainability Pledge to the worldUtilizing precision agriculture to maximize yieldsIn addition there will be a special presentation for all attendees on succession planning.For more information and to register, go to https://soygrowers.com/learn/soy-marketing-production-college/.
You may have already heard, but the World Soy Foundation (WSF) has declared July to be “Acre Challenge Month.” To celebrate, we’re sharing more videos of our farmer supporters telling us why they choose to support the WSF. This week, check out Dan Farney—Illinois farmer, WSF Board Trustee, ASA/WISHH Committee Member, U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance Board Member and Illinois Soybean Association Board Member—as he tells us why he believes in giving the gift of protein! Click HERE to view the video.Thank you, Dan, for your support! If you’d like to join Dan in helping to reduce malnutrition through the power of soy, visit us online www.worldsoyfoundation.org or check us out on Twitter (@TheWSF), and YouTube!
In letters sent this week to the European Commission and the U.S. Trade Representative, the American Soybean Association (ASA) urged that the European Union (EU) take action in September on nine biotech events that have received positive safety reviews and are awaiting final import authorization. ASA was joined on the letters by 18 other farm, commodity, grain processing, grain trade, and biotechnology associations throughout the U.S. agricultural value chain. There are currently nine products, including four soybean products, which have already received positive European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) opinions and completed the subsequent review process, but are still awaiting final authorization for import for food and feed use from the EU’s College of Commissioners.In a letter to United States Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman, the groups encouraged the Administration to contact EU Commission President Barroso to ensure action on the pending events in September and to ask the EU to respect its obligations under the World Trade Organization (WTO) to make timely regulatory decisions on new biotechnology applications.In a letter to the EU Commission, the groups stated that “the time required for EU decisions on new biotech crops has only lengthened in recent years and no authorizations have been issued since November 2013. Some of the products have been before the European Commission since the end of 2013 and were submitted to EFSA more than five years ago.“Several of these products are already being commercialized under stewardship programs in the U.S. and elsewhere, and failure to approve them at the meeting of the College of Commissioners in September will increase the risk of trade disruptions during the coming months.”The letters emphasized that the delays could cause feed shortages and price increases, which would affect European producers, traders, livestock industry and consumers.Click here to read both letters.
A 10-member citizens budget advisory committee for Vancouver Public Schools met again on Wednesday.It was the sixth of seven scheduled meetings before the panel offers final recommendations on how to slice millions of dollars from the district’s annual budget, in light of expected sharp state funding reductions.By Wednesday, the committee had roughed out six categories in which to find dollars, worth more than $25 million. They include: personnel reductions, including teacher reductions (maximum $16 million); temporary wage or contract concessions ($2.4 million); program or service elimination ($3.5 million); belt-tightening and efficiency solutions ($3 million); contracting services ($100,000); and fee and other revenue increases ($275,000).The committee’s last meeting will be held March 23. It will run 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Jim Parsley Administrative Services Center (Board Conference Room), 2901 N.E. Falk Road, next door to Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School.Interested community members will be welcome to observe the meeting, but public testimony will not be taken.By month’s end, the panel is due to hand a list of “solutions to consider” to Superintendent Steve Webb. The VPS school board is expected to adopt a final budget plan on May 10, by which time state legislators presumably will have set state funding levels.Updates on the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee meetings and the budget development process will be posted regularly on the district website: http://www.vansd.org/budget_facts.
The city of Vancouver today expects to begin work on more than 56 lane miles of pavement “microsurfacing” during the next three weeks.Microsurfacing work alternates each year between east and west Vancouver, according to the city. This summer’s work will focus on the area west of Interstate 205, with more than a dozen streets on the schedule. Another smaller group of streets is slated for microsurfacing in August, when more thorough overlays of other streets will also begin.Microsurfacing applies a thick sealant to pavement in order to extend the life of a street. The work is done weather permitting.The full list of streets scheduled for microsurfacing is available at www.cityofvancouver.us/pavement.
The term “fore!” will soon be shouted by errant drivers in Battle Ground, a prospect city officials and a local business owner are excited about.After a near miss earlier this year, Cedars on Salmon Creek owner Gordy Jolma received the requisite approval from the Battle Ground City Council to have his 18-hole Brush Prairie golf course annexed into the city.Jolma’s push to move his course into Battle Ground succeeded after he and the Saunders family, who formerly owned the course, submitted a plan that removed Brush Prairie neighbors whose opposition torpedoed an earlier annexation attempt.The Battle Ground City Council voted 6-1 to annex the golf course during Monday’s council meeting. Councilman Paul Zandamela was the lone dissenting voice.The golf course will officially become part of Battle Ground on Dec. 21, said Robert Maul, the city’s community development director.The annexation means the golf course and other petitioners will be served by Battle Ground police and go to the city of Battle Ground for building permits. Fire coverage is currently being negotiated, Maul said.
Vancouver is combining its community development and economic development departments, and is preparing to debut a paperless permit system early next year.With a vast slow-down of construction and development, community development has been among the hardest hit in the city’s staff cuts — losing about 50 percent of staff since 2010. Another 20 to 30 percent of the department’s staff is expected to retire in the next five years, the city said.The new department, called Community and Economic Development, will have two sections with just over 60 employees.The first section will be development, which includes land use review, permits, building plan review, and inspection and code compliance. The second will be planning and plan implementation, which includes long-range planning, economic development, block-grant programs and parking.Planning and Plan Implementation Manager Alisa Pyszka, formerly the city’s economic development manager, said Friday that there “is some concern” about the loss of staff. No further layoffs are planned, but the department size might diminish as people retire.“But absent any other revenues, we have to work to fully utilize staff,” Pyszka said.She said the department will now have a “cross-pollination” in training all members of the department in multiple tasks, so workers can “fill in if there’s any gaps on one side or the other.”Businesses and builders should not expect any delays in permitting, Pyszka said. The department will also start electronic permitting in 2013, which will make the process even faster, she said.
A Rose Village woman woke up Wednesday evening to see an intruder standing at the foot of her bed.“I just sat there. I didn’t know what to do,” said the woman, Eleanor.Fortunately, an observant neighbor had already taken action. He’d asked police to respond when he saw a man enter his neighbor’s back door a few minutes earlier.Both the neighbor and victims asked that their last names be withheld from this story. Here’s how the situation unfolded:John, the man who called 911, was working in his backyard near the intersection of 30th and U streets Wednesday night when he saw a shirtless man in the alley behind his house.“This guy I’ve never seen before,” he said, noting he knows most people who pass by his home.The man asked if he could use the bathroom. John said no. Then the man asked for some water.John gave him a bottle of water and the man started walking down the alley again.“I didn’t think anything much of it after that,” John said.After a few minutes, John saw the man (who John said was now acting strange) in the backyard of his neighbors’ home. Eventually, the man went in the back door.John called 911 and went around the block and saw two cars in the driveway. His neighbors were still in the home, he thought. He didn’t hear any commotion and worried that he had called the police on someone his neighbors knew.Officers with Vancouver police’s West Precinct Neighborhood Response Team arrived at the home on the 3000 block of U Street around 7:30 p.m.They found Eleanor’s husband and two children on the first floor on the home, said police spokeswoman Kim Kapp. The husband told police he’d heard his door open but didn’t know who opened it. He thought Eleanor had gone out to the car, but when he didn’t see her outside, he went downstairs into the basement to check on her. While Eleanor’s husband had gone out to the car, the intruder allegedly hid in the basement’s bathroom.
SEATTLE — Thousands of high school students in Washington’s Class of 2013 don’t know yet if they will get a diploma later this spring because they have not yet met the state’s newest graduation requirement: a math exam.Most of their fellow seniors have met their requirements: 77.5 percent of this year’s senior class have passed three statewide tests, are in line to earn all their credits, and are ready to complete a senior project and write a plan for what they want to do after high school. Those percentages look good, considering Washington’s on-time graduation rate has hovered just below 80 percent for the past few years.But about 16,000 students across the state don’t yet know if they will need a cap and gown in a couple of months.The class of 2013 is the first expected to pass either an algebra or geometry test to graduate, although high school students have been taking statewide math exams for years.About 8,000 students in the class of 2013 have not yet fulfilled the math testing requirement and another 4,300 have not met any of the state testing requirements for reading, writing or math. About 3,800 still need to pass one or two tests.Nearly 80 students in Seattle Public Schools are in danger of not graduating, just because of the new math test, said Nancy Steers, the district’s assessment coordinator. More are still struggling to meet the writing or reading requirements.
A 1-year-old dog went into emergency surgery Sunday night at the Animal Care Clinic in Vancouver to clean up a bullet wound in her face.Cricket, a Queensland heeler and pit bull mix, was driven from Modesto, Calif., to the Vancouver-based animal rescue organization Panda Paws Rescue of Vancouver on Saturday after the rescue organization was alerted. She had an entrance wound on the right side of her face and an exit wound behind her head, between her ears, said Panda Paws founder Amanda Giese. Surgery was originally scheduled for Monday, but Cricket lost so much blood, she became anemic and needed immediate attention. There were still bullet fragments lodged in her face, Giese said. Dr. Brandon Sherman cleaned out the wound, sewed it up and stabilized her vitals; surgery lasted from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. Sunday.Severed nerves paralyzed the right side of Cricket’s face and her ear drum was ruptured. As a result, she has some balance issues, can’t hear well and can’t blink, “smile” or move her ear on her right side, Giese said. So far, Panda Paws does not know the extent of Cricket’s injuries or how she got them. “She’s an absolute sweetheart. I think it’s going to take her some time to trust,” Giese said. “She had a very traumatizing experience.”
So you know what kind of practices police would like you to adopt to prevent yourself from becoming the victim of a crime. But when it comes to interacting with police when you’re at the scene of the crime — and a potential suspect — what are you supposed to do? For that kind of advice, we turned to a defense attorney.If a police officer detains you, being polite can be to your benefit, said attorney Jon McMullen, who often works with felons. He’s been practicing law for about 30 years.“We see a lot of problems that could be avoided with a little consideration toward police,” he said. “That’s the way it’s set up.”With that in mind, he added that it’s not a good idea to argue with police, to tell them how to do their job or to resist their commands. These situations can quickly escalate, McMullen said. If police tell you to show them your hands or get down on the ground, follow those directions.It’s human nature to immediately want to defend yourself, or argue if you think what’s happening to you is not fair.“There’s a time to do that later. It’s in court,” McMullen said.You’re held responsible for what you say. Although direct quotes and video of your behavior may not end up in a police report, inflection and mannerisms are easy to remember.
BEIJING — Like an Agatha Christie whodunit, the investigation of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is now focusing on a finite circle of suspects: the 227 passengers and 12 crew members of the missing plane.While loath to call it a hijacking, Malaysian officials say they believe someone on the plane with expertise in the navigational and communications systems of the Boeing 777 diverted it from its Kuala Lumpur-to-Beijing flight path.“In view of this latest development, Malaysian authorities have refocused their investigation into the crew and passengers on board,” Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said at a news conference Saturday. But, he said, “despite media reports that the plane was hijacked, I wish to be very clear we are still investigating all possibilities for what led … Flight 370 to deviate from its flight path.”‘Failed hijacking’?U.S. investigators renewed their background checks on the passengers and crew Saturday.They have turned up no evidence of any “traditional” Islamic terrorist link to the plane’s disappearance. But they remain intrigued about who might have diverted the jumbo jet westward from its planned course.“This is feeling like kind of a failed hijacking,” a federal law enforcement official said anonymously.The official said U.S. authorities theorized that once the plane was diverted toward the Indian Ocean, it was flown erratically at high altitudes in an attempt to depressurize the cabin and render the passengers unconscious. “That could have neutralized any threat from them to take the plane back,” he said.
WASHINGTON — The radical Sunni Muslim group advancing in Iraq, though it puts the Middle East’s stability at risk, is “just one of a number of organizations” in the region that pose a threat to U.S. interests, President Barack Obama said Sunday.Obama said the rapid advances by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Iraq could spill over into Jordan and that the group “could amass more arms, more resources” in Syria. But the president, likening ISIS to other groups such as Al Qaida in Yemen, once again said it was not a problem that U.S. troops could solve.“And this is going to be a global challenge and one that the United States is going to have to address, but we’re not going to be able to address it alone,” Obama said in an interview excerpt aired on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “And as I said yesterday, what we can’t do is think that we’re just going to play whack-a-mole and send U.S. troops occupying various countries wherever these organizations pop up.”The debate took place as ISIS fighters continued their rapid gains, capturing four more towns in western Iraq, and as Secretary of State John F. Kerry arrived in Cairo in part to try to find a solution to the escalating crisis. Obama has agreed to send as many as 300 U.S. special forces troops to Iraq as advisers, but has not yet committed to further action, such as airstrikes.Obama said the extreme ideology of ISIS could prove its undoing.“The thing about an organization like this is that typically when they control territory, because they’re so violent, because they’re so extreme, over time the local populations reject them,” he said. “We’ve seen that time and time again.”
Clark County sheriff’s deputies are investigating after a strong-armed robbery was reported at a Pizza Hut early Thursday morning.Two “transient looking” males walked into the pizza restaurant, 11500 N.E. 76th St., at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday, threatened an employee who handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, according to Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Fred Neiman. The two men fled on foot with the money.No one was injured.Responding deputies searched the area with a police canine but could not locate them.The suspects were described as white males in their mid-20s, medium build and wearing dark clothing, Neiman said.
Imperial Pacific International (IPI) has issued a profit warning for the 12 months ended 31 December 2018, stating that it expects to record a loss for the year.In a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, IPI – which owns and operates Imperial Pacific Resort in Saipan – said its expected turnaround from profit in 2017 to a loss last year is mainly attributable to a decrease in total revenue and the impairment of trade receivables. The company will release its financial results before the end of March. Imperial Pacific pays remaining US$10.5 million balance on annual license fee Imperial Pacific adds to Board of Directors as regulator looks to impose US$375,000 fine for late license fee payment RelatedPosts Load More Calls for 10% gaming tax renewed as report reveals Imperial Pacific tax payments of just US$21,000 in 2019 IPI recorded revenue of HK$13.3 billion from record VIP roll of HK$385.9 billion in 2017, with profit of HK$637 million. However, outstanding receivables were HK$8.5 billion, up from HK$5.9 billion a year earlier.The company has also endured a lengthy list of construction problems, most recently due to a shortage of workers on the site of Imperial Pacific Resort. Despite the delays, IPI stated earlier this month that it expects to finish construction within this year.When complete, the property will comprise a 329-room luxury hotel; 14,140 square meters of gaming area; 3,870 square meters of food and beverage outlets; 186 square meters of retail space; 930 square meters of meeting space; 15 villas; and 1,500 square meters of spa/fitness area plus associated infrastructure.
Reed Employment has lost an appeal against HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), in which it contested up to £158 million in tax payments relating to travel expenses for the temporary workers it employed.The case covers the period between 2001 and 2006 when the employment agency aimed to make non-taxable payments to its employed temps for travel expenses, with the tax and national insurance (NI) contributions shared between Reed and the temporary worker.In the case of Reed Employment vs HMRC, HMRC argued that the expenses were made as part of overall wages and should therefore have been subject to pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) and NI contributions. Reed argued that the employer could not now be expected to pay NI and PAYE on the expense reimbursements because HMRC had originally allowed the arrangement.In April 2014, the Upper Tribunal endorsed a First-Tier Tribunal judgement that found in favour of HMRC.Reed lodged an appeal contesting the tribunal’s ruling. The appeal was dismissed by the Court of Appeal following a hearing in July 2015.Ruth Owen, director general of personal tax at HMRC, said: “This shows that we were right to challenge the complex arrangements that Reed used to try to reduce its income tax and national insurance liabilities, and that we won’t hesitate to litigate cases if necessary to secure the tax due.”Reed stated: “We are extremely disappointed by the decision of the Court of Appeal in this case, which involved complex issues and which we lost on a technical point on the wording of our contracts with our temporary employees.“We stress that this is a historical tax dispute, covering a period from 2001 until 2006 and will not have an impact on our clients or our temporary employees past and present. We will be working with HMRC to take the matter forward.”Tim Stovold, head of tax at accountancy firm Kingston Smith, added: “Normally, business travel expenses can be reimbursed to employees without tax and NI being charged.”“But the problem with the Reed case was that the expense reimbursements were viewed as part of the normal earnings of the employee rather than an expense reimbursement in addition to earnings.“From 6 April 2016, the law applying to reimbursed business expenses is changing so that this type of arrangement, now to be known as a ‘relevant salary sacrifice arrangement’, is prohibited by law.“Employers who do anything other than reimburse business expenses in a very straightforward way will need to review their procedures.”
HIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – A man and a woman were airlifted to the hospital after, officials said, they sustained chemical burns in Hialeah, Monday afternoon.Hialeah Fire Rescue responded to the scene on the 900 block of West 74th Street. According to investigators, a man in his early 70s and a woman in her 50s suffered burns to their lower extremities from an unknown chemical.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue assisted crews with airlifting the victims to Jackson Memorial Hospital.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
OPA-LOCKA, FLA. (WSVN) – 7Skyforce HD flew over the scene of an accident, Thursday, where a vehicle struck a tree, injuring the driver and a toddler.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue transported the 2-year-old child in a rescue truck and then had him airlifted to Memorial Regional Hospital.The accident happened near Northwest 135th Street and 32nd Avenue. It also involved a 31-year-old man who drove the silver Buick.Officials said the driver suffered injuries but did not confirm to what extent.The cause of the crash remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – An ambulance on the way to pick up a patient collided with another vehicle in Southwest Miami-Dade, Friday night.Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue responded to the crash near Southwest 104th Street and 117th Avenue, just before 7 p.m.The ambulance’s driver said they were on the way to pick up a patient, but did not have one in the ambulance at the time of the crash.Paramedics transported one person to Kendall Regional Medical Center, officials said. Their status is not yet known.The ambulance, which belongs to National Health Transport, had to be towed away.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI (WSVN) – All clear has been given after a suspicious pressure cooker was found in front of a Miami building.City of Miami Police officials said the kitchen appliance was left outside of an auto parts business in the area of Northwest 31st Street and 27th Avenue at around 10:30 a.m., Wednesday.Bomb Squad units responded to the scene and determined that there was nothing inside of the pressure cooker.Children have since reentered a daycare in the area that was evacuated as a precaution.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.