ASA Board of Directors to Meet in St Louis Next Week

first_imgASA Board of Directors head to St. Louis next week for the annual December meeting, where they will elect new Executive Committee members, say farewell to retiring friends and directors and discuss issues impacting the soybean industry.Directors and ASA staff meet Dec. 8-11 at Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, kicking off the meeting with new board orientation and an executive committee session on Monday. The week’s activities also include Monsanto Partnership Day, USB’s Connections Event and ASA’s Retiring Director’s dinner and reception.ASA staff has a schedule packed with a mix of business and fun and we look forward to seeing each of you at the meeting next week!last_img

Educators brace for cuts to budget

first_imgSouthwest Washington educators face an early mid-term exam: They’re bracing for across-the-board budget cuts ordered by Gov. Chris Gregoire.Spending reductions will impact the school year just begun. It’s not yet clear exactly how, in grades K-12 public schools, at Clark College and at Washington State University Vancouver.One bright spot: The recent “Edu-jobs” bill passed by Congress that should keep K-12 classroom teaching ranks intact through next June.Under Gregoire’s directive, officials are looking at 6.3 percent reductions in many school funds by early 2011— though not for constitutionally mandated, per-pupil K-12 basic education state dollars.Actually, the target is 10 percent in many cases, anticipating a further drop in state tax revenues when the next forecast comes in November.Cuts will target many grant programs, both those managed directly by districts and through Educational Service District 112, said Tim Merlino, budget director for the regional school agency. The state’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction will trim its own spending by the amount required.But a $26 billion stimulus package voted by Congress comes in time to help K-12 districts navigate thin ice this school year.About $205 million from the federal bill is earmarked for Washington schools. Each should receive $210 per student, Merlino said.“We’re going to collect all the federal money up front,” he said. The aid should protect classroom employee ranks “all the way through 2010-11,” he said.That’s good, because Olympia must dial down its spending spigot by next spring, once lawmakers adopt a supplemental budget to cover all state programs through June 30.last_img read more

Some voterapproved parks put on hold

first_imgFacing a potential shortage of money to pay for parks maintenance and operation, the Greater Clark Parks District will hold off on building nine projects. The funding shortage, directly tied to a poor housing market and falling assessed values, means the district’s promise to voters will fall short, officials said Friday.The parks district, established in 2005 by voters who live in Hazel Dell, Salmon Creek and other urban areas outside of city limits, has built 23 neighborhood and community parks.Four projects underway — Chinook Neighborhood Park, Covington Neighborhood Park, Douglas Carter Fisher Neighborhood Park and Luke Jensen Sports Park — will be completed, said Heath Henderson, engineering and construction manager for Clark County Public Works.Once those four projects are completed, Clark County will have built 26 of the program’s 35 parks, along with 26 of its 41 sports fields.Nine projects — Curtin Creek and Pleasant Valley community parks and Dogwood, East Minnehaha, Kozy Kamp, Otto Brown, Salmon Creek Community Club, Sorenson and Tower Crest neighborhood parks — will be delayed, Henderson said.last_img read more

Covington student diagnosed with tuberculosis

first_imgA Covington Middle School student has been diagnosed with an active case of tuberculosis, but health officials believe the risk to other students is low.The student — whose name, age and gender are being kept confidential for privacy reasons — is receiving the appropriate testing and treatment and is no longer contagious, according to health officials. Tuberculosis, or TB, is typically spread through close contact during a long period of time. Clark County Public Health officials have conducted an investigation and believe it’s unlikely the student has spread tuberculosis to other students or staff at the school, Dr. Alan Melnick, county health officer, wrote in a letter to parents.Officials found no evidence of additional cases of tuberculosis at the school, Melnick said in the letter, which will be sent home with Covington students today. Tuberculosis is a disease that usually affects the lungs. It can also affect other parts of the body, such as the brain, kidneys or spine and can be deadly if untreated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.last_img read more

Police investigating robbery at Westfield Vancouver mall

first_imgPolice investigated reports of a strong-arm robbery at the Westfield Vancouver mall at midday Wednesday.Reports came in around 12:20 p.m. that two males approached an individual, asked for money, physically assaulted the person and took the victim’s credit cards, police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said.The two men were said to be black males, in their early 20s, Kapp said. One was about 6-feet, 2-inches tall, with a light build and wearing baggy black jeans and a red sweatshirt. The other is about 6-feet, 1-inch tall, bald and wearing black jeans and a black coat, Kapp said.The victim didn’t need medical assistance, Kapp said.Patrol units searched the area for suspects. As of Wednesday night, police had reported no arrest.last_img

UPDATE Week could bring medley of winter weather

first_imgCheck out user-submitted photos of snowfall in Clark County.Do you have photos of the snow? E-mail them to to get them included in the gallery.After fleeting snow flurries teased much of Clark County over the holiday weekend, forecasters predict another system will bring a strong dose of wintry weather during the next couple of days.Expect more than snow this time around: An active week could also bring ice, sleet, heavy rain and wind to the Portland-Vancouver area.“We could have the whole shebang, pretty much,” said Liana Ramirez, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland. “It will be really interesting to see how it pans out.”The best chance for significant snow at low elevations arrives Tuesday night. As much as a few inches could fall in places Tuesday night into early Wednesday, according to the weather service. But if anything sticks, it won’t stay long — later Wednesday, temperatures will rise, and the snow level will shoot back up to nearly 4,000 feet, according to the weather service. That transition period is when ice, sleet or freezing rain could develop, Ramirez said.The shift won’t mean calmer weather. Heavy rain continuing into the weekend will cause some rivers and streams to rise by the end of the week, according to the weather service. “Several inches” of rain could fall between Wednesday and the beginning of next week, Ramirez said.Forewarned is forearmedMonday’s wintry prospects prompted the weather service to issue a wide array of special statements and warnings. Vancouver alone saw five posted — among them a winter weather advisory and a winter storm watch. Forecasters wanted to get the word out ahead of what could be a messy morning commute Tuesday and Wednesday, Ramirez said.last_img read more

Skyview High student named 2012 Presidential Scholar

first_imgFred Lu already has racked up a lot of awards in his 18 years. But on Wednesday, the Skyview High School senior took the highest official honor available for high school students in this country.Lu was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar. He will be among 141 high school seniors to be honored in Washington, D.C., next month, the Education Department announced. Lu and his family didn’t know about his winning the award until The Columbian called them Wednesday.“I had no idea that decision was coming out already,” Lu said. “I feel really good. It’s a really big deal for me.”His father, Di Lu — a physician at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center — also hadn’t heard until he checked his voice mail at work.“I was so excited,” Di Lu said. “I was almost in tears.”Fred Lu has received accolades in spades over the past years, both for his artistic talents and academic skills.He maintains a 4.0 grade point average at Skyview and is a member of the school’s Knowledge Bowl team, which won the state title two years ago and came in second last year. Accomplished pianistLu started playing piano when he was 4 years old. Since then, Lu has won the Vancouver Symphony’s 2010 Young Artists Competition, the 2009 and 2011 MetroArts Young Artists competition, and the Oregon Music Teachers Association 2009 Senior Division. He came in second in the 2008 Seattle International Piano Competition, when he was 14.last_img read more

Montesano man sole survivor of boat sinking in Alaska

first_imgANCHORAGE, Alaska — After overshooting their destination on southeast Alaska’s Baranoff Island, the three high school friends in the borrowed aluminum fishing boat turned around and realized they were facing strong winds and big waves. They gunned it for shore — to no avail.The water swamped the 24-foot vessel in a harrowing ordeal that apparently left just one of them alive, the Anchorage Daily News reported.Dennis Monroe, 46, and Fred Swenson, both of Montesano, were on a fishing and camping trip with John Reid of Sitka, Alaska, Thursday evening. They had planned to meet up with three other men about 15 miles from Sitka, on their way to Baranoff Island’s southern tip.They missed the rendezvous spot, said Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen, and when they aimed for shore the boat swamped 200 yards out.The three, all wearing lifejackets, managed to climb into a small raft, but the waves tossed them out. Monroe and Swenson made it to a rock about halfway to land, where they could see Reid struggling in the water before being swept out of sight, Ipsen said.The rising tide forced them from the rock, and only Monroe made it to shore.“When he turned around, he saw Fred,” Ipsen said. “And then it’s dark, and he didn’t see him anymore.”Monroe spent a cold night clad only in a tank top, jeans, and his life jacket, Ipsen said. The next day, he found a reflective fishing lure and used it to signal for help; he was ultimately picked up by a fishing boat, the Otter, and driven back to Sitka.The Coast Guard, Canadian officials and volunteer boats searched for the remaining two friends. One fishing boat aiding in the search Saturday found Reid’s body, which was retrieved by a Coast Guard helicopter, but searchers were unable to find Swenson before calling off the mission Saturday night.last_img read more

Reward offered for dog missing since 28vehicle crash

first_img It’s been almost a month since a little brown terrier named Daisy went missing.Cindy Koch, who lives on Vashon Island in Puget Sound, returned to the Ridgefield area Monday to put up new fliers — now offering $1,000 of her own money as a reward for helping return the dog to her owners.“This little dog is haunting me,” Koch said. “I can’t give up on her.”Daisy has been missing since a snow torm hit Clark County on Feb. 6 and 28 vehicles crashed on southbound Interstate 5 near the Gee Creek Rest Area.The dog was in a Ford Explorer driven by Matthew Scott, a 39-year-old Oregon man who died in the crash.Since the crash, Koch said, many people have reportedly spotted the 2-year-old terrier.“Two truck drivers saw little Daisy last week,” she said. “They tried to catch her and she ran.”If anyone sees the dog, they are asked to call a local volunteer helping Koch at 360-903-1775 or the East Padden Animal Hospital at 360-892-1500. Anyone who has seen Daisy, a female terrier, is asked to call East Padden Animal Hospital at 360-892-1500. Daisy belonged to a man who died Feb. 6 in a massive crash on Interstate 5.last_img read more

Third VanMall homicide suspect appears in court

first_imgThe suspected gunman in a Feb. 4 homicide in the VanMall neighborhood appeared Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court after being extradited from Oregon.Zacheriah A. Douglas, 22, of Vancouver is accused of fatally shooting Craig Moritz early Feb. 4 after luring him to a van under the pretense of a drug transaction and trying to rob him.Douglas also attempted to shoot Moritz’s friend Aaron Smith, but the pistol he was using either jammed or ran out of ammunition, Deputy Prosecutor Michael Vaughn said Tuesday.Judge David Gregerson held Douglas in lieu of $1 million bail, as requested by prosecutors.“That’s based on the aggravated nature of the charges, as well as the defendant’s criminal history,” Vaughn told the judge.Gregerson appointed Vancouver attorney Therese Lavallee to defend Douglas. He’s scheduled to be arraigned May 15 on charges of first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder.According to a court affidavit, Moritz and Smith left a friend’s apartment at about 2 a.m. and went to Northeast Vancouver Mall Drive to sell some marijuana to Shawn Fortner, 19, of Bend, Ore. Fortner and Fortner’s cousin, Jonathan Hensey, 21, of East Wenatchee picked up Moritz and Smith in a purple minivan and drove them a short distance to a parking lot in the same block.In the parking lot, a masked man, later identified as Douglas, emerged from the back of the minivan and held Moritz and Smith at gunpoint, the affidavit says. Smith told police that the masked man threatened to shoot them and demanded that they hand over all of their belongings.last_img read more

In spite of it all some will act against best interests

first_imgPeople with higher levels of guilt, which is a concern for other people and a fear of violating social norms, scored lower on spitefulness; people with higher levels of shame, which is more a sense of inadequacy and failing, scored higher.These scenarios were written for a research study to gauge spitefulness levels among 1,200 people. (Not all scenarios were used in the study.)1) It might be worth risking my reputation in order to spread gossip about someone I did not like.2) If I am going to my car in a crowded parking lot and it appears that another driver wants my parking space, then I will make sure to take my time pulling out of the parking space.3) If my neighbor complained that I was playing my music too loud, then I might turn up the music even louder just to irritate him or her, even if it meant I could get fined.4) If my co-workers were going to get larger raises than me, then I would prefer it if none of us received raises.5) If I had the opportunity, then I would gladly pay a small sum of money to see a classmate who I do not like fail his or her final exam.6) There have been times when I was willing to suffer some small harm so that I could punish someone else who deserved it.7) I would rather no one get extra credit in a class if it meant that others would receive more credit than me.8) If I opposed the election of an official, then I would be glad to see him or her fail even if their failure hurt my community.last_img read more

Aquis to establish and develop Australian eSports business

first_imgAustralian-listed casino operator Aquis Entertainment Limited has revealed plans to establish and develop an eSports business, to be known as QeSports.Aquis, which owns and operates Casino Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory, will partner with Executive Sports and Entertainment Pty Limited (ESE) to create the QeSports brand, which will focus on providing various forms of infrastructure around which the eSports industry can grow.The business will include an eSports advisory, player and talent management agency including the provision of advice, media training and partnerships to eSports players; eSports event and tournament creation and management; and eSports arena development in Australia via affiliations and partnerships with eSports organizations.Aquis will hold 70% of shares in QeSports with ESE holding the other 30%, while a principal of ESE, Rohan Sawyer, will become QeSports CEO.Aquis will also provide initial financing to QeSports of up to AU$2 million via a shareholder loan. Drawdown of the loan will be incremental, subject to QeSports meeting agreed milestones in its business plan.Discussing the new partnership, Aquis Entertainment CEO and Executive Director Jessica Mellor said, “Aquis Entertainment’s vision is to provide Australia with next generation entertainment and our move into the eSports market is very much in line with that strategy.“Australians are well known for their passion for traditional sports and we’re starting to see this passion translate to eSports as the sector matures.“Two-thirds of Australian eSports fans are aged 18 to 34 and that’s a market segment we know very well. This, coupled with our experience in entertainment venue operations, puts us in a strong position to meet a wide range of expanding needs in the eSports space.”Aquis said it will run QeSports as a separate business from Casino Canberra. Load More RelatedPosts Revenue falls, losses widen for Aquis Entertainmentcenter_img Casinos can innovate – and win new fans Caesars links with Japanese arcade game giant Taito for first US e-Arcade sports competitionlast_img read more

FCA to consult on protecting retirement income when accessing pension freedoms

first_imgThe Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) yesterday (28 January 2019) launched a consultation on proposed measures designed to protect retirement income when individuals access pension freedoms.The consultation, which will be collecting feedback from stakeholders until 5 April 2019, proposes that pension scheme members who do not take financial advice should be offered a selection of investment pathways, designed to broadly suit their objectives. Members will be able to choose from four objectives, and their investment option will then be matched to their choice.The FCA further recommends that pension investments are not defaulted into cash savings unless the member actively chooses to take this path.Steve Webb, director of policy at Royal London, said: “The big outstanding challenge around pension freedoms is not people with large pots blowing the lot on a sports car, but is about more inexperienced investors with smaller pots leaving them invested in cash for long periods of time or withdrawing them altogether.“These FCA rules are a sensible response to the risk of savers sleepwalking into seeing their hard-earned savings eroded by sitting in low-return cash investments. But there is still a problem where people cash out the whole pot and transfer it into a cash [individual savings account] or current account. It is clear that reckless caution, not Lamborghinis, is the big outstanding challenge with pension freedoms.”The consultation will also discuss the information included in wake-up packs, which are given to members as they approach retirement. Changes that are being reviewed include the frequency of the wake-up packs’ delivery, the move to prevent marketing material being included and amends to the key features illustration that members receive when entering drawdown.The FCA further seeks to enhance transparency around fees and charges by providing members with information on charges they have paid on their pension pot over the year, expressed as a cash amount.Mark Jaffray, partner and head of defined contribution (DC) consulting at Hymans Robertson, said: “The industry needs to start viewing drawdown as a service rather than a product. People are crying out for more affordable access to advice or guidance around their pension options and personalised investment solutions based around their individual goals will help to provide that. The FCA’s proposal to introduce default investment pathways will be an important step in the right direction, as long as costs are kept low and clearly communicated throughout.“Greater transparency around charging will be a welcome benefit for many. Explaining a clear first year charge in pounds and pence will allow consumers to compare offers more easily across a number of providers and encourage them to actively shop around as a result.“However, it’s important that the FCA doesn’t stop there. We are already seeing parallels in drawdown with the sale of annuities products prior to 2017, where despite an open market option, consumers rarely looked around for the best deal. The FCA addressed this problem by forcing providers to share details of the best available quote in the market for an annuity, actively promoting the value from shopping around. Given that the vast majority of people now opt for drawdown over an annuity product, it’s madness that we don’t have the same measures in place.”The measures featured in the consultation form part of the FCA’s wider pensions strategy and follow on from its Retirement outcomes review report, published in the summer of 2018.Proposed changes to wake-up packs, retirement risk warnings, reminder requirements and the annuity prompt are expected to be effective from 1 November 2019. Amendments concerning making the cost of drawdown products clearer and making comparisons easier will be implemented from 6 April 2020, subject to consultation.Christopher Woolard, executive director of strategy and competition at the FCA, said: “The pension freedoms give consumers more flexibility in how and when they can access their pension savings, but that also means they have to make more complicated choices.“Our Retirement outcomes review identified that many consumers are focused only on taking their tax-free cash and take the path of least resistance when entering drawdown. This can often mean that the rest of their drawn down pension pot is not invested in a way that meets their needs and intentions. We found that around one in three consumers who have gone into drawdown recently are unaware of where their money is being invested. This leads to poor consumer outcomes.”Tom McPhail, head of policy at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “The FCA was presented with a huge regulatory challenge when the former chancellor tore up the retirement rule book in 2014. The pension freedoms have bedded in and are working well, but this review has rightly identified [that] more can be done to help investors make the most of their retirement savings.”last_img read more

Miami Childrens Health Foundation hosts 6th annual 5K

first_imgCORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – The Miami Children’s Health Foundation hosted its sixth annual 5K run in Coral Gables, Saturday.Hundreds of people laced up their sneakers for a day of fun outside the city hall.The event served to raise money for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and young cancer survivors. “For me, it’s about the community, who’s behind me and supporting me, and that’s Miami,” said cancer survivor Raquel. “Everyone who showed up here today, and I really appreciate that from the bottom of my heart, it means everything.”7’s Diana Diaz was on hand to emcee the event.The foundation raised more than $200,000.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Crews remove truck wedged under I95 overpass

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A truck wedged itself under the Interstate 95 overpass on Southwest Eighth Street, Tuesday night.The overpass has a clearance of just under 15 feet, but the truck’s cargo was much taller than that.Crews removed the truck.No one was hurt.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

At least 1 hospitalized after I95 crash in Dania Beach

first_imgDANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took at least one person to the hospital after, officials said, they were involved in a three-vehicle crash along Interstate 95 in Dania Beach, Friday night.Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue and Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene of the crash on the southbound lanes, just north of the Griffin Road exit, at around 9 p.m.Paramedics transported at least one victim to Memorial Regional Hospital in unknown condition.Officials have not specified how many lanes were shut down.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Police take man into custody after crosscounty chase

first_imgThe subject will be brought to Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.Officials have not released the driver’s identity.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. OPA-LOCKA, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have taken a man into custody after taking them on a cross-county chase.The chase began in Pembroke Pines and ended up on Cairo Lane, near Northwest 135th Street, in Opa-locka, Thursday.7Skyforce HD hovered above the scene as the maroon SUV swerved in front of several vehicles and nearly hit some in the process. It wasn’t until the driver struck a car when he decided to bail out of the SUV and run into the Toyota Kings junkyard.He then ended up in the junkyard next door and climbed on top of an elevated structure. He then pulled out his phone to call someone before raising his hands in the air to surrender.A police officer then climbed up to the roof and placed him in handcuffs.A forklift was then brought in the get the two down from the high structure.Police took him into custody just after 1 p.m. to be interviewed by the Pembroke Pines Police, since the chase originated in that city. last_img read more

Police issue advisory about fired UM employee accused of making threats

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A former University of Miami employee who was fired from her job is accused of making disturbing comments about mass shootings, and officials are trying to track her down.The ex-employee, identified as 49-year-old Melania Obando, reportedly made comments on two different occasions that caused some concern.On one occasion she said that, if she was the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooter, “they would have never seen her coming.”She also allegedly whispered to another employee, “When I start shooting everyone, I am not going to care who asks for forgiveness, I am going to shoot everyone.”After police questioned her about the comments, Obando went on vacation as she was under investigation. She was then fired.Officers issued an advisory for Obando on Wednesday, concerned she may try to go back to the university campus. She is believed to drive a 2003 white Nissan Sentra with the Florida tag AECW62.Please check back on 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.last_img read more

CIRCAC Recertified By US Coast Guard

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The U.S. Coast Guard has recertified CIRCAC to continue as Cook Inlet’s alternative voluntary advisory group permitted under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. CIRCAC received the news in a letter dated August 2. The letter authorizes CIRCAC’s continued operations through August 31, 2019. CIRCAC is a nonprofit corporation created by Congress under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to give citizens a greater voice in oil transportation and production. In order to receive recertification the Coast Guard conducts a review of the year’s activities and organizations effectiveness in fulfilling their mandates under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90). To date, CIRCAC has been granted recertification for 28 consecutive years.center_img According to their mission statement: “Geographically, our area of concern is Cook Inlet and the areas potentially impacted by oil industry activities within our defined area of responsibility.” The corporation was created in the aftermath of the Exxon oil spill, Congress crafted a comprehensive oil spill prevention bill. The Oil Pollution Act (OPA) of 1990 is the result of public hearings around the state where citizens and local government leaders demanded public involvement in the oversight of oil transportation.last_img read more

Merediths Figure OReillys Craft Fold

first_img‘The Future is Online’Sebastopol, California-based O’Reilly Media said it will no longer publish the print edition Craft, a 50,000-circulation quarterly magazine it launched in October 2006. “We’ve come to realize that there were more and more challenges in publishing Craft as a print magazine, especially with the costs of print and distribution rising, and diminishing interest among advertisers in print,” the magazine wrote in a post on the magazine’s Web site. “So we’ve decided that Volume 10, our Celebrate Like Crazy issue, will be our last print issue and that the future of Craft is online.”Three employees—one from edit, one from marketing and one from design—were laid off. The remaining staffers will remain with the Web site.“It’s tough for an independent publisher to produce two D.I.Y titles,” associate publisher Dan Woods told FOLIO:. O’Reilly also publishes 100,000-plus circulation tech enthusiast magazine Make. “We’re really shifting our editorial focus to where our audience is,” Woods continued. “We’re getting one million visitors a month at We know people will be disappointed by this but we feel now is the time to make the move.” The number of magazines folding in 2009 continues to mount. The latest: Figure—a fashion magazine targeting plus-size women—and Craft—a do-it-yourself crafting title—have been shuttered, their publishers said today. “Despite much effort, analysis and momentum in the past couple of years, the impact of today’s economic climate makes it impossible for us to sustain the attention required for long-term growth and viability of the magazine,” Figure magazine owner Charming Shoppes, a specialty apparel retailer, wrote in a letter to advertisers today. The March/April issue will be its last.Launched in 2002, Figure was published by Meredith Corp.’s integrated marketing division. Four positions at Meredith were eliminated as a result of the magazine’s closing, a spokesperson said. According to its 2009 media kit, the magazine carried a rate base of 700,000. last_img read more