Eduardo Gonzalo, deputychief of Party, World Vision, Nicaragua cooks with INCAPARINA, a commercial brand of corn/soy blend made with U.S. commodities in Guatemala.The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Cochran Fellowship Program, under the Office of Capacity Building and Development (OCBD), provided a grant to the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/ WISHH)program, to organize a week long training and networking program for people working on school nutrition programs in Nicaragua and South Africa.Both countries use soy protein, and the Nicaraguan programs get thousands of tons of U.S. corn-soy blend (CSB), a traditional food aid commodity. WISHH also included in the team, a product development specialist from Alimentos S.A., Guatemala, which buys thousands of tons of soy flour and corn from U.S. exporters to make a local version of CSB which they sell both commercially and to food aid institutions like the World Food Programme.The U.S. soy – Guatemala processing – Central American institutional feeding value chain is increasing processed U.S. soy exports.
The American Soybean Association (ASA) today congratulated the Senate Agriculture Committee on passage of the proposed Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 and is calling for its swift passage by the full Senate.“Soy growers and farmers across the country are in need of certainty during this time of low crop prices and volatile conditions affecting export markets,” said ASA Vice President and Kentucky soybean farmer Davie Stephens. “The Senate Committee’s action today takes us one step closer to completing the farm bill this year, providing much needed stability across the countryside.”With the Senate farm bill now through Committee on a 20-1 vote, ASA looks forward to working with the full Senate on this bipartisan effort to bring certainty and stability to growers before the current farm bill expires at the end of September.
After a relatively benign weather period that has lulled the area in tranquility, Mother Nature will shake things up again.The first in a series of potent weather systems was already beginning to spread into Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon today. This first front has already caused winds to increase along the Washington and Oregon coasts Saturday morning, with gusts to between 45 and 55 mph along coastal headlands and beaches are possible this afternoon and evening.Rain will spread onto the coast this afternoon and early evening, then spread inland mainly in the evening hours. Snow levels will lower in the south Washington and north Oregon Cascades but remain just above the passes. Snow advisory amounts are possible at the higher elevations of the south Washington and north Oregon Cascades.The front will move south late Saturday night and early Sunday, then lift back north Sunday afternoon and Sunday night as a warm front with another round of rain and rising snow levels.The rainfall this weekend will be more than Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon has seen in a couple of weeks and will cause some river rises, but no flooding is expected.Another potent front will approach Monday and move through Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon Monday night. This will produce more valley rain and possibly high wind along the coast Monday afternoon and Monday night. Snow levels will fall into the coastal mountains and Cascade foothills Tuesday. The associated cold upper level trough will then be over the area
A wreck Saturday afternoon on Northeast Lucia Falls Road nearly resulted in an SUV sliding into the East Fork of the Lewis River.Two women were traveling at about 1 p.m. in the SUV, which collided with another car, slid down a slope and was stopped by a ledge of trees just short of the water.“They were very fortunate,” said Scott Sorenson of Clark County Fire District 3. “It went over in just the right place.”Annie M. Ek, 20, of Battle Ground was driving the SUV. Janine M. Bell, 22, of Yacolt was her passenger. After the vehicle came to a stop, the two women climbed out of the vehicle and 30 feet back up the slope. They declined medical treatment, Sorenson said. Patrick W. Knowles, 55, also of Yacolt, was driving the other vehicle. He was cited for changing lanes without signaling. Ek was ticketed for unsafe passing, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.Another crash on Lucia Falls Road occurred at about 2 a.m., when a car rolled and landed above the East Fork of the Lewis River. No injuries were reported.
The Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver will have a Grand Reopening celebration Saturday with live music, refreshments and a special viewing of “The Magestic,” starring Jim Carrey.The theater, which is more than 70 years old, shut down in 2010 because of economic difficulties.Bill Leigh subsequently purchased the Kiggins Theatre and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars renovating it. The theater reopened in May 2011.Megan Trevarthen, marketing director for the Kiggins, said that this is the first chance the theater has had to celebrate that reopening.“We’ve been open for a year, but we haven’t had a chance to have a party yet,” she said.The celebration will start at 5 p.m. with catering from Beaches. The film will air at 7 p.m., followed by live music by The Jenny Finn Orchestra. Tickets are $12 in advance from the theater box office and $15 at the door. Visit Kiggins Theatre for details.
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, on Wednesday asked for a better explanation of several Columbia River Crossing expenditures in a letter to project director Nancy Boyd.The letter comes less than a week after an influential group of high-tech employers in Clark County lobbied Gov. Jay Inslee in support of the $3.4 billion project in a letter of their own.Both letters were obtained Wednesday by The Columbian.Herrera Beutler questioned why CRC money is marked for the expansion of a TriMet maintenance facility in Gresham, Ore., and for upgrades to Portland’s Steel Bridge, among other items. The CRC would replace the Interstate 5 Bridge, rebuild nearby freeway interchanges and extend Portland light rail into Vancouver.“Outside sources have investigated the financial documents for this project, which have raised some interesting questions and expenditures that need to be explained,” Herrera Beutler wrote.Several of the project expenses questioned by Herrera Beutler have been brought up in reports by forensic accountant and CRC critic Tiffany Couch.Herrera Beutler also asked why the Vancouver extension of light rail is expected to cost more per mile than light rail stretches in Portland and Seattle.
• One out of three adults age 65 or older falls each year.• Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries.• In 2013, 2.5 million nonfatal falls among older adults were treated in emergency departments and more than 734,000 of these patients were hospitalized.• 20 to 30 percent of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries, such as lacerations, hip fractures and head traumas.• Most fractures among older adults are caused by falls. The most common are fractures of the spine, hip, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm and hand.Preventing fallsHere are ways older adults can reduce their chance of falling:• Exercise regularly. Exercises should focus on increasing leg strength and improving balance and should get more challenging over time.• Ask a doctor or pharmacist to review their medicines to identify those that may cause dizziness or drowsiness.• Have eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year and update their eyeglasses.• Make homes safer by reducing tripping hazards, adding grab bars inside and outside the shower and next to the toilet, adding railings on both sides of stairways and improving the lighting in homes.Source: The Centers for Disease Control and PreventionAfter John Marshall’s stroke three years ago, the Vancouver man quickly realized his body wasn’t capable of what it once was.Marshall worked with speech therapists to relearn how to swallow and talk. Occupational and physical therapy helped Marshall to regain movement in the fingers of his left hand and to walk again. But one area of Marshall’s recovery that still needed attention was his balance. “First, it’s just walking,” Marshall said of his recovery goals. “But then, as you start thinking about your life, I wanted to do more than just move around. I wanted to play tennis.”Not only was Marshall’s lack of balance preventing him from doing some of his favorite activities, it was making him concerned about falling and injuring himself.
Australian-listed Donaco International Limited has announced veteran Asia-Pacific gaming executive Paul Arbuckle as its new CEO.The appointment of Arbuckle, who will be primarily based out of Donaco’s Star Vegas property in Cambodia but will also spend time at Aristo International Hotel in Vietnam, sees interim CEO and Managing Director Benjamin Lim and former COO Gerald Tan exit the company. Hoiana golf course to welcome first players from 23 September RelatedPosts 10,000 Chinese citizens flee Sihanoukville in days after Cambodian online gaming directive: report Load More Constance Hsu appointed Group COO of Sihanoukville’s Jin Bei Group Paul ArbuckleArbuckle boasts more than 30 years’ experience in the region’s gaming industry, most recently as COO of The Star Gold Coast. He was previously SVP of Casino Marketing and Gaming Operations at Resorts World Sentosa, overseeing 3,800 staff, 570 gaming tables and 2,500 slot machines, and has spent time working for Tabcorp, Burswood Casino (now Crown Perth), Showboat Australia and Zagame Corporation.“The Board of Donaco is very pleased that Paul Arbuckle has agreed to join us as our Chief Executive Officer,” said Donaco Chairman Stuart McGregor.“Paul’s experience and expertise in gaming operations is critical to improving the performance of our casino operations in Cambodia and Vietnam. While these businesses continue to be profitable, the Board has considered for some time that they are not reaching their full potential.“Accordingly, Paul’s appointment is a crucial step in the Board’s plan to provide a fresh start, revitalize our businesses, and restore value for shareholders.”
More than three-quarters (77%) of respondents do not feel in control of their pension savings, according to research by Hymans Robertson.Its Putting your workforce back in control of pensions report, which is based on a survey of 102 HR and benefits professionals, 2000 pension savers, focus groups, and individuals saving into its defined contribution platform, also found that 64% of respondents do not know what their retirement income will be.The research also found:71% of employee respondents think that employers should provide them with pension savings support, and 80% of employer respondents think that employees expect support from their employer.Almost half (48%) of employer respondents are concerned that employees will hold them responsible if they make poor retirement savings decisions.51% of employer respondents are confident that the Pension Wise service will provide retirement savers with adequate guidance.More than two-thirds (68%) of employee respondents say that fewer changes to the pensions system would help them feel more in control of their retirement savings, 64% cite access to online tools and 72% believe that a more complete picture that includes private and state pensions would help them feel in control.37% of employee respondents believe there is no point in learning about the pension system because of the frequent changes made to it.Paul Waters (pictured), partner at Hymans Robertson, said: “The finding from our research that more than three-quarters of employees do not feel in control of their pension is striking, and highlights the need for employers to help empower their staff to take back a sense of control over their retirement saving.“More than seven in 10 employees expect support from their employer, so employers should be investigating ways to help staff easily access information that gives them a more complete picture of their retirement future.“Employees who understand how the choices they make now will impact their wealth in retirement will feel more in control, benefitting both employee and employer.”
More than two thirds (71%) of employer respondents do not have any HR policies in place when it comes to communicating with or managing employees who have a cancer diagnosis, according to research by cancer detection services provider Check4Cancer.Its Cancer in the workplace 2016 report, which surveyed 500 HR professionals, also found that 48% of respondents believe that line managers are unprepared to manage employees with cancer.The research also found:61% of respondents do not have any policies in place to communicate with or manage staff returning to work after receiving cancer treatment.71% of respondents do not provide any information on cancer awareness or provide screening as a health benefit.44% of respondents do not currently offer cancer screening services and do not plan to in the future.46% of respondents feel that staff should tell their employer if they receive a cancer diagnosis.52% believe there will be a medium or high impact on levels of absenteeism from rising levels of cancer cases and survivors returning to work, 43% of respondents expect it to impact private medical insurance (PMI) premiums, and 39% expect it to affect other insurance premiums.34% of respondents have introduced free counselling specifically for cancer cases, 25% offer extended leave policies, and 20% provide family support services.27% of respondents are in the planning stages of introducing cancer screening to their organisation.Professor Gordon Wishart, chief medical officer at Check4Cancer, said: “Employers appear to be relying on their managers’ ability to think on their feet, and to treat cancer diagnoses as just another people management issue.“The improving survival rates, 50% of patients now survive 10 years after a cancer diagnosis, mean that cancer is more like a chronic illness, requiring long-term attention and treatment, alongside appropriate support from employers as part of their duty of care, and for cancer as a recognised disability. An ageing workforce means cases of cancer will become more prevalent and have longer-term impact on organisations.”
Barclays, Herbert Smith Freehills (pictured), the Royal Bank of Scotland, Vodafone and Zurich Insurance Group are among the organisations recognised on the Top Global Employers 2018 list, compiled by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality charity Stonewall.The list, now in its seventh year, celebrates organisations that are striving to create inclusive workplaces and are advancing equality for LGBT employees across the world. The list is based on submissions to Stonewall’s global workplace equality index (GWEI), which is a benchmarking tool used by employers to measure their inclusiveness across the international markets in which they operate.The GWEI marks employers on employee policies, training, staff engagement, leadership, monitoring, procurement, community engagement and understanding local context, global mobility and additional in-country activity.In addition to the Top Global Employers list, Stonewall also issues three special awards. Management consulting and professional services organisation Accenture is to receive the Global ally programme award and Global community engagement award, while law firm Baker McKenzie is to collect the Global LGBT network award. Vittorio Colao, group chief executive officer at Vodafone, will be recognised with the Global senior champion award.The launch of the 2018 list will be celebrated at an event this evening (Thursday 19 July 2018), hosted by law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. A keynote speech will be delivered by Judith Gough, ambassador of the United Kingdom in Ukraine; Ruth Hunt, chief executive officer at Stonewall, will present the awards.In alphabetical order, the Top Global Employers for 2018 are:AccentureAllen and OveryBaker McKenzieBarclaysBPDentonsHerbert Smith FreehillsPinsent MasonsRoyal Bank of ScotlandSAPSimmons and SimmonsVodafoneZurich Insurance GroupRebekah Gay, partner and co-chair of the Iris network at Herbert Smith Freehills, said: “This is great recognition of our efforts to create a diverse and inclusive culture across our global network of offices. Diversity and inclusion sit at the heart of our organisation and our Beyond 2020 strategy, and we continue to strive to make this the optimum place to work and thrive both professionally and personally, attracting and retaining the most talented people and engaging with our clients through shared values and genuine relationships.”Ruth Hunt, chief executive officer at Stonewall, added: “LGBT people face discrimination, violence and isolation in every country in the world. In more than 70 countries, consensual same-sex activity remains illegal, and the death penalty exists in eight. Only six countries allow trans people to self-determine their gender.“At a time when global LGBT rights are under threat of going backwards, we’re proud to work alongside our top global employers, who operate in some extremely difficult contexts, to ensure all people are protected and welcome at work, wherever they are.”
IWAKUNI, Japan (WSVN) – A search and rescue mission is underway for a U.S. Marine Corps jet that crashed, Wednesday, near Japan.According to FOX News, the Marine Corps pilot ejected before his F-18 Hornet jet crashed off the coast of Iwakuni.There has been no official confirmation of what caused the crash.However, the Marine Corps said this is not the first incident where a pilot has crashed. Between June and August, three jets similar to the F-18 Hornet have crashed.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.
WASHINGTON (WSVN) — President Obama released a statement Thursday evening on the decision to end the “wet foot, dry foot” policy that has allowed any Cuban who makes it to U.S. soil to stay and become a legal resident.________________Statement by the President on Cuban Immigration Policy Today, the United States is taking important steps forward to normalize relations with Cuba and to bring greater consistency to our immigration policy. The Department of Homeland Security is ending the so-called “wet-foot/dry foot” policy, which was put in place more than twenty years ago and was designed for a different era. Effective immediately, Cuban nationals who attempt to enter the United States illegally and do not qualify for humanitarian relief will be subject to removal, consistent with U.S. law and enforcement priorities. By taking this step, we are treating Cuban migrants the same way we treat migrants from other countries. The Cuban government has agreed to accept the return of Cuban nationals who have been ordered removed, just as it has been accepting the return of migrants interdicted at sea.Today, the Department of Homeland Security is also ending the Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program. The United States and Cuba are working together to combat diseases that endanger the health and lives of our people. By providing preferential treatment to Cuban medical personnel, the medical parole program contradicts those efforts, and risks harming the Cuban people. Cuban medical personnel will now be eligible to apply for asylum at U.S. embassies and consulates around the world, consistent with the procedures for all foreign nationals.The United States, a land of immigrants, has been enriched by the contributions of Cuban-Americans for more than a century. Since I took office, we have put the Cuban-American community at the center of our policies. With this change we will continue to welcome Cubans as we welcome immigrants from other nations, consistent with our laws. During my Administration, we worked to improve the lives of the Cuban people – inside of Cuba – by providing them with greater access to resources, information and connectivity to the wider world. Sustaining that approach is the best way to ensure that Cubans can enjoy prosperity, pursue reforms, and determine their own destiny. As I said in Havana, the future of Cuba should be in the hands of the Cuban people.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
NORTH LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A robbery at a North Lauderdale mobile device store was caught on camera, earlier this week.According to police, surveillance cameras at a Boost Mobile, located along South State Road 7 and 17th Street, captured a man talking on the phone while waiting for the clerk.Once the cashier placed a new phone on the countertop, the thief grabbed it and took off running.Now, police hope, this new piece of evidence will help them identify the culprit.If you have any information on this theft, 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.
RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) – A road rage incident along the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 led to a stabbing.Palm Beach County Police are on the scene along I-95, near Blue Heron Boulevard, where officials said one person was stabbed, Tuesday, at around 4:30 p.m.That victim has been taken to a trauma center nearby in unknown condition.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.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Students are getting back to the books with the help of Kiwanis of Little Havana.The Kiwanis of Little Havana kicked off their 27th annual back to school project.Thousands of under-served kids will be given the tools needed to succeed the 2018-19 school year.Organizers handed out backpacks at Walker Elementary in Fort Lauderdale and Bethune Mary Elementary in Hollywood.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help in locating an elderly man who went missing in Miami.According to City of Miami Police, 73-year-old Plinio Juan Contreras was last seen Thursday at a home along the 1300 block of Northwest 54th Street.Investigators said Contreras has dementia. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. We need your assistance locating 73 year-old Plinio Jua Contreras, who went missing today 2/28/19, from 1387 NW 54 St. If you come into contact with him, please call us at 305.603.6300. pic.twitter.com/gDwHs5Zpi9— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) March 1, 2019Police said he stands 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs about 165 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. It is unknown what he was last seen wearing.If you have any information on his whereabouts, call Miami Police at 305-579 6111 or their Missing Person Detail at 305-603-6300.
LAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – A garbage truck burst into flames in a Lauderhill neighborhood.Lauderhill and Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the blaze along Northwest 31st Avenue, near Sunrise Boulevard, Saturday morning. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. #Lauderhill FR units responded to Republic Service at 751 NW 31 Ave for a garbage truck on fire. With the assistance of BSOFR, units were able to gain access to the rear of the truck and extinguish the fire. @BSO_KANE @LauderhillFDPIO pic.twitter.com/NeLRtNaXRO— LauderhillFDOpsChief (@LHFireOPSChief) June 1, 2019Crews were able to gain access to the rear of the truck and put out the flames.No one was hurt.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Buchanan: “From what I’m seeing it’s certainly has made it more challenging for us, because we’ve had to find other sources of funding. We were going to use those tax credits to drill wells, and since it’s no there we’ve had to look for alternate funding sources.” BlueCrest started producing oil in April 2016 from a converted exploration well that was started by ConocoPhillips back in 2001 out in Anchor Point. Andrew Buchanan Sr. Operations Geologist at BlueCrest Energy: “This project certainly has changed since we first starting drilling it. It’s become more complicated in some ways and a little easier in other ways. I certainly can see drilling out there for the next 5-7 years if we can get into a continuous drilling operation.” The company didn’t start its own well until November 29, 2016, the Hansen 16. On March 11, 2017 BlueCrest completed and fracked that well, which according to the company is producing 330 barrels a day. In March 2017 BlueCrest began drilling a second well and completed it by May. BlueCrest briefly paused operations last August after the decision from lawmakers. According Buchanan the companies biggest hurdle has been obtaining the necessary funding to keep operations going after the state legislature ended the state’s oil and gas tax credit program in July of 2017. From the beginning of the project, BlueCrest Energy CEO Benjamin Johnson said the credits were a central part of the Cosmopolitan project. Johnson: “There is truly value in providing these incentives for the oil and gas industry to come in and make these developments, get things going. That makes money for the state in the long term. It’s an investment, it’s not a cost.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享BlueCrest Energy Senior Operations Geologist predicts the company will continue work for at least another 5-7 years at the ‘Cosmopolitan Project’, near Anchor Point.
The industries that will be there include; healthcare, seafood, state agencies, and oil and gas. Lunsford reminds those participating to bring in a resume, and dress for a possible interview: “We’ll have a layout for them so they can take a look if there is a particular field they are interested in.” Rebecca Lunsford, Peninsula Job Center Supervisor: “We have employers and training providers scheduled for the job fair. We have an assortment of jobs represented.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The annual Kenai Peninsula Job Fair will be held tomorrow afternoon at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. There will also be opportunities for individuals to speak with apprenticeships, as well as training and internship opportunities. The Kenai Job Fair is on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will be held at the Sports Complex in Soldotna. The event is free and open to the public.