ASA Hails Barge Fuel Increase to Fund WaterwaysCalls for LongerTerm Solution with

first_imgAs part of H.R. 647, the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, the House of Representatives on Wednesday passed, by a vote of 404-17, a provision to increase the barge fuel fee to fund needed waterways infrastructure projects. American Soybean Association (ASA) President and Iowa farmer Ray Gaesser expressed ASA’s appreciation for the fee, which is supported by those in the waterways industry.“The nine-cent increase in the per-gallon barge fuel fee is something that is supported not only by the nation’s soybean farmers, but also by the commercial barge and towing operators who pay it. We all support this as a way to dedicate funds to new waterways infrastructure construction and major rehabilitation of the inland waterways system through the Inland Waterways Trust Fund. We are pleased that the House passed this provision, and we call on the Senate to quickly do the same.”In response to the House passage of a short-term extension of several key tax credits, the ASA expressed both its appreciation for a fix in the near term, and disappointment in the absence of a longer-term solution. Gaesser used the opportunity to call on Congress to redouble its efforts to pass a longer-term tax extenders package.“ASA first and foremost supports a long-term extension of several of the items included in today’s short-term fix. These initiatives include the dollar-per-gallon biodiesel tax credit, expensing for farm equipment and infrastructure under the Section 179 expensing provision, and bonus depreciation on farm assets. Such an approach provides greater certainty and a more stable climate for the farmers and producers who make use of these programs, and we were very disappointed that agreement was not reached on a broader measure. That said, we support the House’s passage of their short-term extension in the absence of a more permanent solution. While it remains only a stopgap measure, we hope that the Senate will take up and pass it quickly. At that point, we urge both chambers to join together and tackle the work of extending these critical tax incentives for the long term.”last_img read more

USB ASA Webinar Features Tech Tools to Improve Growing Season Management Practices

first_imgIf you missed the webinar last week, you can still check it out on the American Soybean Association (ASA) website. The free session focused on new technology tools that can help improve growing season management practices. The webinar was presented by precision agriculture experts Ajay Sharda, Ph.D., at Kansas State University and Emmanuel Byamukama from South Dakota State University. Click here to view.This was the second webinar, in a series of three, designed to help soybean farmers understand how new technology and effective farm data management can help improve the sustainability of their operation. All three webinars are possible through sponsorship support provided the United Soybean Board and the soybean checkoff.The first webinar, titled Using Data to Benchmark Your Farming Operation, was led by Joe Luck, Ph.D., at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and may be viewed here.Check back later for more details on the final webinar. Information on all of these webinars is available on the ASA website under the “Learn” tab.last_img read more

Rainbow Family digging GiffordPinchot site

first_imgSome 20,000 ambassadors from the global counterculture are making their way to Skookum Meadow, high in the Cascades east of Swift Reservoir, for their annual July Fourth celebration of nonviolence, peace and sustainability. Organizers of the Rainbow Family of Living Light are working closely with Gifford Pinchot National Forest managers on traffic and environmental issues and holding community meetings to address local concerns. One such meeting was scheduled for Monday evening in Stevenson; a second is set for 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Yale School gym.Since 1972, the Rainbow Family, a loosely affiliated group of individuals committed to principles of nonviolence and alternative lifestyles, has held its annual U.S. gathering on national forestland. The group had initially considered the Colville National Forest in northeastern Washington for this year’s meet-up, but reportedly shifted its sights to the southwest after learning that this year’s cool, wet spring promised a bumper crop of mosquitoes on the Colville.Law enforcement officials are taking the gathering in stride.Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox said the county is taking its lead from the Forest Service. “We’re in a support mode for them,” he said. “We’re basically doing the fire, EMS and peripheral law enforcement. “Christy Covington, public affairs spokeswoman for the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, said Forest Supervisor Janine Clayton met with members of the group in early June and later joined them on a field trip to the 40-acre Skookum Meadow site, a large wetland, part of which is still under deep snow at an elevation of 3,200 feet. An advance “seed crew” is at the site hand-shoveling snow this week, she said.last_img read more

Battle Buddies dogs help veterans heal

first_img BATTLE GROUND — Shannon Walker looked at Kevin Williams’ damaged spirit and his yellow Labrador retriever’s undisciplined demeanor and saw her chance. Her father had raised her to have reverence for veterans. In Williams and his dog, Sam, the dog trainer saw a way to thank a veteran for his service in a palpable way.Walker’s recent expression of gratitude to Williams, a combat veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder, has blossomed from one act of kindness into a full-fledged mission.Since starting the nonprofit Northwest Battle Buddies in January, Walker has providedtrained dogs free of charge for three combat veterans with PTSD and is in the process of training a dozen more. Her waiting list has the names of 14 combat veterans.Walker has owned and operated Man’s Best Friend for 17 years, training thousands of dogs in the process. In just five months, Northwest Battle Buddies has become like a second job, she said.Not that she’s complaining.“I love America, and I love veterans,” Walker, 45, said.Father’s influenceWalker’s late father, Glenn, who served in the Air Force, instilled her with a deep respect for veterans. The Pendleton, Ore., native recalled attending a rodeo with her father when she was young, during which he pointed out a veteran in the crowd and told her they were in the presence of a hero. Diamond lays on the floor of the Fred Meyer in Battle Ground on Wednesday during training to become a combat veteran’s companion.last_img read more

HOV lane trip bears ticket

first_imgOK, so maybe it wasn’t the best idea.On a recent Friday afternoon, Vancouver resident and usual transit rider Scarlett Zibritovsky was in her car, stuck in northbound Interstate 5 traffic in Portland.Zibritovsky’s gaze shifted to the HOV lane on her left, then to the super-sized teddy bear riding shotgun on her right.It was only moments later, now in the HOV lane, when the motorcycle cop swooped in.Smarter than the average bear.“He looked past the giant teddy bear’s head (at me),” she said. “I’m sure he got a chuckle out of it.”She was caught. It was Zibritovsky’s first traffic ticket — to the tune of $260— for illegally driving in an HOV lane. But the 20-year-old swears it was the first time she tried to use her fuzzy friend to commit traffic fraud.“One time I did take advantage of what you aren’t supposed to do, and I got in trouble,” Zibritovsky said.The officer did get a laugh, she said.He told her, “Hold on, this is too good not to get a picture” before snapping a photo of Zibritovsky and the scofflaw teddy she likes to call Zeff.The rest of the world got a kick out of it, too. After KATU-TV ran the story on Zibritovsky’s ticket on Friday, it went viral on the Web. As of Saturday afternoon, she was receiving messages to her Facebook account every 15 minutes from strangers from as far away as Italy, Australia and Sweden.“They just say, ‘Hey, that was so funny. Thanks for making my day,’” she said.Zibritovsky said she likes driving around with Zeff, which she got as a present four years ago, because he’s so cute. She plans to keep to bringing him along. But rest assured, area law enforcement, she said, “I will be sure not to use the HOV lane.”last_img read more

Washington House Democrats drop beer tax other proposals

first_imgOLYMPIA — House Democrats in Washington state have dropped their plan to extend the state’s beer tax and backed away from other revenue proposals they felt were distracting.Democratic Rep. Reuven Carlyle, one of the chamber’s budget writers, said the beer tax might have been subjected to a ballot challenge from large beer companies. He said he thought it and other proposals could have created problems for the larger goal of increasing funding for education.“Some of those items were particularly distracting from our success,” Carlyle said. “Goal No. 1 is to be successful at getting a revenue package to fully fund public education.”The beer tax extension would have raised a projected $60 million over the next two years. The Democrats also dropped a plan to eliminate tax breaks for insurance agents and dockworkers, which would have raised more than $80 million. They also passed on a proposal to pursue a sales tax on janitorial services, which would have brought in an estimated $41 million.The House is still pursuing a variety of tax changes, including an extension of business taxes that would raise $620 million over the next two years. Senators have approved a budget without those tax changes, and the two sides are now involved in final budget negotiations.last_img read more

Crews respond to spill at waste disposal site

first_imgA hazardous material spill shut down the Washougal Transfer Station on Wednesday afternoon and closed access to the nearby Columbia River Dike Trail. The spill was reported at 4:17 p.m. at a waste disposal site, 4020 S. Grant St., at the Port of Camas-Washougal. A worker was moving trash using a front-end loader, when something spilled and formed a vapor cloud, Camas-Washougal Fire Department Battalion Chief Larry Larimer said. The vapor mildly burned the worker’s eyes and throat, and he immediately called 911. Firefighters evacuated the solid waste disposal center and called in the Vancouver hazardous materials team and the Washington State Department of Ecology to investigate the spill, Larimer said. An officer with the Washougal Police Department and an animal control worker blocked access to the dike road to prevent people from coming into contact with any vapors. “We always plan for the worst, so that we can protect people the best,” Larimer said.Investigators determined that the material was muriatic acid, a diluted form of hydrochloric acid that is often used to clean pavement and balance pH in pools. Wearing hazmat suits, specialists shoveled any material affected by the acid into barrels for proper disposal. Larimer said agencies involved assumed someone dropped off the material earlier on Wednesday — one of two days in the week when the station is open to the public for garbage drop-off. “Whoever threw that away there caused an unnecessary response,” Larimer said. “It was a very irresponsible act.” Chemicals, including acid and paints, he said, should never be thrown out with the rest of the trash because they can harm people and the environment.last_img read more

Washington Senate approves curb on new taxes

first_imgOn the opening day of the 2015 legislative session, the state Senate voted to make it harder for itself to increase taxes — a move Democrats criticized as a path to gridlock.The new rule, filed by Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler of Ritzville, would require a two-thirds vote before a tax measure could be brought to the Senate floor for final passage. Twenty six senators voted in favor of the rule change. “It really makes me sad to see my colleagues across the aisle demonstrate their lack of respect for this institution,” Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver said. “Senate rules have served our state well for over 100 years and an attempt to add this two-thirds requirement, sadly, in my mind, opens the door for gridlock in our state similar to what we’ve seen in Congress.” The change only applies to the Senate and would only be applicable to new taxes, such as the governor’s proposed tax on polluters. A simple majority would still be required for raising existing taxes, such as the sales tax. Leading up to the legislative session, lawmakers from both parties touted a commitment toward bipartisanship. Lawmakers have 105 days to tackle a wide range of difficult issues, including how to adequately fund the state’s public schools and how to address its transportation needs.last_img read more

IEC very very close to securing new home for PokerStars LIVE Macau

first_img World Poker Tour announces 2019 “Asia Swing” in Vietnam, Japan and Korea Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaul Those plans incorporate Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and Cambodia among others, while Choi also confirmed that Macau formed part of IEC’s PokerStars deal.“We are very, very close,” he said. “Because it’s not finalized yet, I can only say that I’m positive to have a substitute for City of Dreams soon.”Choi added that the room would likely be considerably smaller than its former home at City of Dreams, with no more than 10 tables for most of the year. More tables would be added for major tournaments. PokerStars LIVE Macau has traditionally been home to four of the region’s biggest events including the Macau Poker Cup, APPT Macau, the Macau Millions and the Asia Championships of Poker (ACOP).Choi also told PokerNews of his desire to launch a PokerStars LIVE poker room in Tokyo, despite live cash games remaining illegal in Japan.“I’ve been there many times and they are just obsessed with the game without having to play for a reward,” he said.In the more immediate future, Korea and Vietnam are in Choi’s sights.“Besides Macau, we are also exploring Korea,” he said. “That will be our next target. There’s a big casino there with 3,000 rooms that opened up last month. There’s another one opening in Vietnam, opening in 2019, that I’m looking at.“So there are a lot of options in Asia and we’re looking at several opportunities in several Asian countries.”The Stars Group confirmed to Inside Asian Gaming (IAG) last week that it had reached an agreement with IEC “to license the PokerStars brand for land-based live events and poker rooms across Asia. IEC, a publicly listed company, will hold the sole and exclusive rights to run PokerStars branded events in certain Asian countries as mutually agreed by The Stars Group and IEC, which will be operated through a subsidiary.”Representatives from Melco Resorts and Entertainment recently told IAG that the company planned to turn the former PokerStars LIVE Macau poker room at City of Dreams into junket rooms. RelatedPosts International Entertainment Corporation (IEC) boss Stanley Choi says that he is “very, very close” to securing a new home for live PokerStars branded events in Macau after the former PokerStars LIVE Macau poker room at City of Dreams closed down last month.In a lengthy interview with PokerNews, Choi – the Hong Kong businessman and high stakes poker player who took control of IEC last year – revealed his grand plans for poker in Asia following the announcement last week that IEC had signed a collaboration agreement with The Stars Group to operate land-based live events and poker rooms under the branding of PokerStars in certain Asian countries. World Poker Tour to hold inaugural WPT Cambodia at NagaWorld in November Load Morelast_img read more

London City Airport introduces financial wellbeing app for staff

first_imgLondon City Airport has introduced a financial wellbeing app for its 500 employees.The app, provided by Squirrel, helps employees to manage their money and save directly from their pay.The financial wellbeing app was implemented in January 2016, with employee take up of 15% within the first month.Michelle Truss, HR business partner at London City Airport, said: “Improving staff’s financial wellbeing and reducing its associated stress is one our key wellbeing aims this year.”last_img

50 will use workplace pension for retirement income

first_imgHalf (50%) of respondents who are approaching retirement in the next 10 years plan to use their workplace pension for their retirement income, according to research by Age Partnership.Its Is the UK retirement ready? report, which surveyed 2,000 UK adults who are either retired, approaching retirement in the next 10 years or not retired, also found that 85% of respondents have not factored in the costs of elderly care to their future financial plans.The research also found:49% of respondents who are not approaching retirement yet plan to use their workplace pension for their retirement income.38% of respondents who are retired underestimated how much money they need to live comfortably in retirement and a further 27% are currently struggling with money.20% of respondents who are more than 10 years away from retirement do not how they will fund their retirement, although 68% of non-retired respondents expect to live off the same income or higher when they retire.11% of respondents plan on downsizing their property to fund their retirement, compared to 5% who will use equity release.39% of non-retired respondents are worries that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) may implement policy changes that affect their pension funds, compared to 54% of respondents who worry about inflation and its effect on their pension savings.40% of respondents worry that the balance between the working population and the retired population is not sustainable enough to fund retirement through the state and 38% are concerned they do not know how long their retirement may need to last.57% of respondents are concerned about the costs of elderly care and the lack of funding for this.Justin Wysocki (pictured), marketing director at Age Partnership, said: “The research in this whitepaper clearly shows that there is unease in the UK when it comes to retirement finances. The uncertainty around how to prepare when younger and the best way to use our assets can be daunting.“That’s why we launched this campaign; to highlight the importance of being educated and aware on retirement issues. Whether [individuals are] already retired, approaching retirement or even if it feels a million years away, early preparation is key to ensure [people] can live [comfortably] after work.”last_img read more

MiamiDade Police beautify residents home

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Officers are sworn to protect and serve, and on Friday, Miami-Dade Police made sure to continue fulfilling that pledge.A Northwest Miami-Dade home was painted and cleaned in an effort to fill a homeowner’s heart with cheer this Christmas. “I feel real good that someone is doing something for me,” said homeowner Gloria Martin.Miami-Dade Police’s Northside District worked all morning to beautify this retiree’s home. “We do something called the Northside District Home Beautification Project,” said Miami-Dade Police Major Ricky Carter. “We identify a homeowner who is in need of services, whether it be beautifying the home or social services we can help with.”Not only were there police at Martin’s home, but there were volunteers and local business owners that spent their morning making sure the home was in tip-top condition. Adding shutters, fixing light fixtures, laying mulch and planting were some of the jobs completed.“It’s Christmas,” said neighbor Perline Smith. “It’s like a Christmas miracle! The house looks beautiful.”Smith was the neighbor who nominated Martin’s home for the beautification project, knowing her neighbor cannot work on the home herself due to health issues.“For the past couple of years, she had numerous strokes,” said Miami-Dade Police officer Keenan Johnson. “She just lost her husband in February. She can’t do work on the house because she can barely walk and move.” Tears flowed from Martin’s eyes as she witnessed the home she loves become beautiful once more. “I cry very easy,” said Martin.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Search underway for missing man in SW MiamiDade

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 🚨Endangered Missing Person. Please see the flyer ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/N1EJtkYTNI— Miami-Dade Police (@MiamiDadePD) September 16, 2017Investigators said Cardenas stands 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs about 175 pounds, and has gray hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt with the emblem of the Marvel hero The Punisher, a beige hat and shorts.Detectives said Cardenas may be in need of services.If you have any information about his whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Police at 305-715-3300 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help in finding a man who went missing in Southwest Miami-Dade, Friday.According to Miami-Dade Police, 72-year-old Amado Cardenas walked away from a location along the 30000 block of Southwest 147th Court.last_img read more

Teen injured in NW MiamiDade hitandrun

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took a teenage girl to the hospital after, officials said, she was hit by a driver who fled from the scene in Northwest Miami-Dade, Monday afternoon.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene of the crash in the area of Northwest 103rd Street and Seventh Avenue, at around 3 p.m.Investigators said the victim was standing by a pole in front of a Sunoco gas station when the driver, who was heading south along Northwest Seventh Avenue, bumped into the pole and hit her. The force of the impact caused the teen to land in the parking lot of a convenience store.7News cameras captured paramedics putting the victim into an ambulance. She was conscious and alert and is expected to be OK.A witness who asked not to be identified or show his face on camera was shocked to see the motorist taking off from the scene. “You can’t hit a person. That’s something you go to jail for,” he said. “If you drive, you have to get yourself clear when you drive. That’s really ridiculous. I can’t believe that. You hit a human.”Authorities are searching for an older model blue Lincoln sedan or Ford Crown Victoria.If you have any information on this hit-and-run, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Cows removed from Fla Turnpike exit in NW MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – About 10 cows crossed a pasture area in Northwest Miami-Dade and made their way onto the Florida Turnpike Extension, blocking traffic until troopers removed them, Friday afternoon.The animals somehow got loose and crossed into the roadway, near Interstate 75. 7Skyforce HD hovered above the animals as a Florida Highway Patrol trooper directed them away from the highway and back to the farm from which they came.Driver Steven Zabielinsky sent in a photo of the cows next to the guardrail along the Turnpike Extension. The snapshot shows how close they got to drivers commuting through rush hour traffic.Speaking on the phone with 7News, Zabielinsky said he was heading north on the highway when he spotted the animals.“I was coming down from Doral, the traffic was building up, and I figured it must be an accident, and what a day to have an accident,” said Zabielinsky. “Then, as I kept going north and went around the turn and started heading east, I happened to notice there’s some cows walking along on the highway’s side.”It was at that moment that, Zabielinsky said, one of the cows appeared to head in his direction but ended up staying with the rest. “One of them looked like it was thinking about crossing in front of me, but they stayed there. They basically kept walking, and there were some that were on the actual grass area, and they’re just strolling along.”Zabielinsky said the sight caused other motorists to slow down, but the animals did not cause any accidents. The cows were wrangled up and taken back home. None of them got hurt.Remember, if you see news happening and can do so safely, take a picture or shoot video and send it to: senditto7@wsvn.com.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

1 killed after Deerfield Beach crash

first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – One person was killed after two cars collided in Deerfield Beach.According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the crash took place near Southwest First Street and 32nd Avenue, just before 4 a.m., Sunday.Officials said one passenger inside one of the vehicles did not survive.7News cameras captured one of the mangled cars at the scene.The incident remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

FBI searches for armed robber who targeted Foot Locker in Sunrise

first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – Federal authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who robbed a Foot Locker inside of a Sunrise mall.The man was caught on camera walking into the shoe store at Sawgrass Mills Mall, located at 12801 West Sunrise Boulevard, at around 10 p.m. on April 22.FBI officials said the man entered the store, brandished a gun and demanded money from an employee.No customers were inside of the store at the time of the armed robbery and there were no injuries reported.The crook fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.He was last seem wearing a black hoodie, black pants, white sneakers and a blue bandanna over his mouth.If you have any information on this retail store robbery, 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.last_img read more

Kenai River Closed to Sockeye Salmon Fishing

first_imgThe waters of the Russian River confluence remain open to allow anglers to target Russian River sockeye salmon. With about 20% of the Russian River late-run sockeye salmon past the weir, the run looks strong with a projection of over 70,000 salmon, according to DF&G. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has announced the closure of sockeye salmon fishing on the Kenai River effective at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 4. The Kenai River is closed to fishing for sockeye salmon from its mouth upstream to the Sterling Highway Bridge at the outlet of Kenai Lake, except those waters of the Upper Kenai River, Russian River, and Russian River confluence areas remain open. “The department doesn’t take this action lightly,” stated Sport Fish Cook Inlet Management Coordinator Matt Miller. “This fishery is important economically to the community and important to Alaskans trying to put salmon on the table; but when projections indicate we won’t make the escapement goal, we have to take that final action and close the fishery.”last_img read more

Another Record Year For Shop With A Firefighter

first_imgThompson thanked the firefighters who shopped with the kids along with those who covered the station, Fred Meyer staff, and the volunteers who helped wrap presents. The money for the event is donated by the crews at CES, as well as community partners who donate each year. The “Shop with a Firefighter” program helps local children in need pick out presents for themselves and their families while accompanied by first responders. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享18 children in the community shopped with local Central Emergency Services over the weekend, participating in the annual “Shop with a Firefighter” event. The event was once again spearheaded by Josh Thompson with CES who says this year went off without a hitch.last_img read more