ASA Backs Bill Eliminating Duplicative Pesticide Permit Requirements

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomes legislation introduced yesterday from Senate Agriculture Committee members Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), and Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) that amends the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) to eliminate the duplicative pesticide permitting requirements under the Clean Water Act. The bill, S. 175, will ensure that Clean Water Act permits are not needed for the applications of pesticides currently registered under FIFRA. ASA President Danny Murphy, a soybean farmer from Canton, Miss., issues the following statement on the legislation:”The elimination of these redundant pesticide permitting requirements has been a priority for ASA since 2010, and we are very supportive of Senator Roberts and Senator Johanns in their efforts to reduce the red tape for our farmers. Farmers are always willing to cooperate with regulations based on sound science and grounded in practical, real-world farming practices. This legislation will remove the uncertainty that the current system creates, while leaving well-established rules in place to effectively protect the environment. We commend Senators Roberts and Johanns on their work, and call on the Senate to pass this bill quickly.”ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through voluntary farmer membership by farmers in 30 states where soybeans are grown.###For more information contact:Danny Murphy, ASA President, 601-906-3809, dpmurphy@bellsouth.netPatrick Delaney, ASA Communications Director, 202-969-7040, pdelaney@soy.orglast_img read more

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The World Soy Foundation Shares Interactive Map of Projects Partners and Activities

first_imgDid you know that the World Soy Foundation (WSF) worked with Food for the Poor-Haiti to receive 20,000 pounds of soybeans donated through the Northern Food Grade Association in 2012? Did you also know that WSF partnered with SunOpta to complete a soy dairy project in Selepe, South Africa? If you did, you know us well! But, we’re excited to share this exciting new interactive map with you that explores many of our projects and activities over the years. As we continue to grow, it’s important to take a look back at where we’ve been. This map takes an in-depth look at who we are, what we’re doing and have done, and also who we have partnered with along the way.Click HERE to explore the map yourself!You can also see the Selepe Soy Dairy Project mentioned above featured in SunOpta’s most recent Corporate Responsibility Report by clicking HERE and scrolling to page 22.last_img read more

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Syngenta Provides Expert Agronomic Advice Direct to Your Inbox

first_imgU.S. growers now have the opportunity to receive comprehensive agronomic information directly from Syngenta agronomists with the launch of its new Know More, Grow More Digest. Delivered by email twice a month, the Digest provides timely, geographically selected content about what’s happening across crops to aid farm management decisions.All content in the Digest originates from the Know More, Grow More Blog, a Syngenta resource designed to share relevant, year-round agronomic expertise directly from its team of more than 70 field agronomists to your desktop or web-enabled device. To learn more and sign up for the Digest, go to KnowMoreGrowMore.com and click “Subscribe.”last_img

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Day care provider pleads not guilty

first_imgA day care provider police say was found passed out in her minivan with two small children inside pleaded not guilty Thursday to two counts of reckless endangerment.Sheila K. Michalios, 45, of Yacolt appeared before Battle Ground Municipal Court Judge Gregory Gonzales, who set a preliminary hearing for Dec. 14.As supervised release conditions, the judge also ordered Michalios to not drink alcohol and stay away from the children she had been watching, said lead Battle Ground Municipal Court Clerk Carol Landwehr.Michalios was arrested Oct. 29 by Battle Ground police during the annual East Main Street Trick-or-Treat event. At 5:45 p.m. that day, a man dressed as a pirate flagged down an officer, who found Michalios asleep in her Dodge minivan in front of Central Park. When he woke her, she smelled strongly of alcohol and had open containers of beer in the car, police said.Two children, a boy, 2, and his sister, 16 months, were buckled in car seats, but the car seats themselves were not fastened properly to the minivan’s seats, police said. The children were unharmed. The children’s parents are customers of Michalios’ licensed day care business in her home at 29500 N.E. 182nd Court in the Yacolt area.last_img read more

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Columbia River continues slow rise

first_imgThe Columbia River on Wednesday continued to rise at Vancouver, fueled by a late, wet spring weather pattern that only now seems to be moderating. At 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Columbia River at Vancouver was at 17.23 feet. Flood stage is 16 feet.The National Weather Service is continuing a flood warning for the next several days, and now predicts the river to crest at 17.97 feet on Saturday afternoon. At that level, flooding will be limited to low-lying areas such as the Vancouver Waterfront and Salmon Creek Greenway trails and Washougal’s Capt. William Clark Park at Cottonwood Beach.Water releases from Bonneville Dam, which are a major factor in determining the river level, are expected to remain about the same throughout the rest of the week, according to the weather service.last_img

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Airline Fainting pilot had stomach trouble

first_imgSEATTLE — The Alaska Airlines pilot who lost consciousness during a Seattle-bound flight Thursday night, prompting an emergency landing, was suffering from food poisoning or a stomach virus, an airline spokesman said Friday.The co-pilot of Flight 473 safely landed the jetliner in Portland after declaring an emergency to get priority care for the pilot, spokesman Paul McElroy said. All of the airline’s pilots are trained to fly single-handedly.McElroy said the pilot was in good condition Friday at a hospital where doctors examined him. The airline declined to release the pilot’s name or age.The Boeing 737-700 with 116 passengers and five crew members left Los Angeles at about 6:30 p.m. and had been scheduled to arrive in Seattle at 9:30 p.m. It touched down in Portland at about 9 p.m.The pilot lost consciousness near Eugene, Ore., and hit his head, McElroy said. He then later regained consciousness and left the cockpit. A doctor aboard the flight tended to the pilot in the cabin until the plane landed and was met by medical personnel on the runway.last_img read more

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Attack victim thanks God as he recovers from brain injury

first_img Tyler Burton has always been a believer. But now that his own life is looking more and more like a miracle, he has no doubt as to why he’s alive today.“I believe, no question, ‘He’ saved my life,” Burton said. “I would say the doctors saved my life, but ‘He’ saved my life.”God heard the thousands of prayers sent up by friends, family members and the community after Burton was assaulted Oct. 28 in Chico, Calif. God responded, bringing Burton back from the edge of death. And now, God is by his side every day as the 21-year-old pushes his body to new limits.“Keep praying,” Burton said. “It works. It worked for me.”Three months ago, doctors didn’t have much hope.Burton received a severe, traumatic brain injury when he was punched in the face. Doctors told Burton’s parents — his mother, Kimberly Hash, her husband, Roddy Hash, and his father, Roger Burton — that the college football player would live the rest of his life in a vegetative state.And that was the best-case scenario.“He was dying for a month, basically,” Roddy Hash said. “There was never good news.”Roddy Hash pleaded with God. Either take Burton or take care of him. Nothing in between.The family prepared to donate Burton’s organs. They wanted some good to come from their loss. But then, Burton started making improvements. He gave two thumbs up. He recognized family members.He’s continued to improve every day since.“Every day was some sort of miracle,” Roddy Hash said.Burton flew back to his hometown in late December and has been a patient at PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center’s inpatient rehabilitation center. Tyler Burton, who suffered a traumatic brain injury after being assaulted last year, works with his physical therapist, Tim Hughes, at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center on Monday. Burton will be discharged from the hospital’s inpatient rehabilitation center in the coming days. He arrived at the center in late December.last_img read more

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Homeless man accused of imprisoning Samaritan host

first_imgA 53-year-old homeless man appeared Thursday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of strangling and imprisoning a Samaritan who gave him shelter.Anthony B. Elliott of Portland faces charges of second-degree assault and unlawful imprisonment at his April 18 arraignment.Judge Barbara Johnson set bail at $100,000. Despite being homeless, Elliott doesn’t qualify for a court-appointed defender because he receives veterans benefits, Johnson said.Deputy Prosecutor Julie Carmena said Elliott is homeless, and the victim gave him a place to stay for the night. The suspect allegedly removed his clothes and sneaked up behind the victim inside her apartment in the 2800 block of East 19th Street, Carmena said. He then swung his forearm around her neck in a chokehold, restricting her breathing, according to a probable cause affidavit. Later, after she was apparently released or escaped from his arms, he blocked her from leaving her apartment by standing in front of the door and holding a red belt, “restraining her ability to move,” the affidavit states. The court document doesn’t say whether he held her with the belt or just held it in front of her.Another male witness, whose relationship to the victim isn’t described in the affidavit, confronted the attacker, the court record states. It’s unknown whether the confrontation happened inside the apartment. Elliott allegedly responded by grabbing the man by the throat and restricting his breathing and then throwing the man to the ground.Elliott was arrested nearby at the intersection of East 18th Street and Fairmount Avenue. The court documents don’t say when the incident occurred, but Elliott was arrested Wednesday morning.Elliott has been unemployed since 1994. He was awarded disability benefits for post traumatic stress disorder and possible other problems and receives income of about $2,800 per month, according to court documents. He lists his address as that of his father and stepmother’s in Portland.last_img read more

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Cops stretched thin in county

first_imgArnada feels effect of fewer officers on patrolCity, county balance need for police officers with fiscal realitiesOn a “quiet” Tuesday afternoon in east Vancouver, Sgt. Dave Henderson scanned the incoming calls for police service on the laptop in his black-and-white cop cruiser. With a few touches on the screen, he rejected several calls.It was a tough decision to make based off the call notes sent to him by 911 dispatchers.“That’s a huge responsibility to say I’m not going to help you,” he said.What patrol officers read on the screen may differ from what they find at the site of the emergency, which makes deleting calls a gamble. There are just too many calls to go around, Henderson said, so supervisors such as himself have to cherry-pick what they respond to.Compared with jurisdictions of similar size throughout the state, the Vancouver Police Department has the fewest number of sworn officers to serve its population — 1.12 officers for every 1,000 residents. Clark County has the second-lowest rate of deputies among counties in Washington with similar populations.While the line of work is inherently busy and haphazard, Henderson said cops have reached the point where “we just can’t do it anymore.”About one-third of the time, Vancouver cops are too busy with another incident to come when someone calls 911, resulting in a dispatchdelay. Calls stack up in the queue until a unit is available to respond.Calls for police service typically pick up around 6 a.m., as the day shift starts, and they never really drop off until midnight.The first call on Henderson’s shift put him at the VCA East Mill Plain Animal Hospital near Interstate 205, to check on a transient camp in the wooded area next to the hospital. He and another officer chatted with a homeless couple for a few minutes, let them stay in their camp and then drove to the next call. At a bus stop across from the Mill Plain Walmart, officers dealt with a drunken man who allegedly smashed a car window in the parking lot and jumped inside because he thought his girlfriend was in the car.last_img read more

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HewlettPackard splits off PC printer businesses

first_imgPalo Alto, Calif.-based Hewlett-Packard Co. has been a presence in Clark County since 1979. The company initially developed and produced printers in the county, including the revolutionary DeskJet 500 printer, which was introduced in 1990 and became the world’s top-selling printer.HP employed 3,000 workers in Clark County in 1998, its peak local employment year, according to company records. By 2009, with manufacturing shifted overseas, employment had dropped to just 600 workers. In 2011, it moved its Imaging and Printing Group to much smaller quarters, taking up 68,000 square feet of the former Nautilus Building, 1115 S.E. 164th Ave., in the Columbia Tech Center.A company spokeswoman said Monday that HP does not release site-specific employment numbers. The Columbian reported ion 2012 that HP employed some 500 workers in Vancouver.It was unclear Monday what impact the corporate split will have on Vancouver operations.The company’s only other Pacific Northwest operation is another Imaging and Printing Group office in Corvallis, Ore. The Oregonian reported that HP employs some 1,800 workers in Corvallis, after many rounds of downsizing.HP’s 2013 annual report showed net revenue companywide of $112.3 billion, down 6.7 percent year-over-year. The company said declines included a 3 percent drop in printing revenues. It attributed losses to unfavorable currency impacts and declines due to new technologies that reduce printer demand.last_img read more

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Lawsuits target local firms former coowner

first_imgA Vancouver man arrested this month on suspicion of embezzling more than $500,000 from a local electronics manufacturing services company also has been sued related to his business practices.Tho Kim Hyunh, 45, was one of three owners of Vancouver-based Integrated Manufacturing Solutions Inc., 4607 N.E. 78th St. His last name also is sometimes spelled as “Huynh.” He was responsible for managing the company’s finances and distributing dividend checks to the other two shareholders, who also were his close friends. He is accused of falsifying documents to hide unauthorized company credit card purchases by him and his wife, Christina Van, in 2011 and 2012. A search warrant affidavit filed in Clark County District Court alleges that the couple used the card to gamble and to purchase vacations, jewelry and other luxury items such as Louis Vuitton purses and wallets. Hyunh also is accused of making unauthorized withdrawals from the company’s bank account during the same time period. He was terminated in November 2012, when the alleged fraud was discovered, Clark County sheriff’s Detective Kevin Harper wrote in a court affidavit.His partners, Winston Yu and Troy Kerns, sued him last year for unspecific damages, attorney fees and interest for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and violations of the state Uniform Trade Secret Act.Hyunh argued that his partners had “consented to use of Integrated Manufacturing Solutions’ funds to repay monies to certain third parties,” according to court documents. He said that his partners had failed to pay him for his one-third ownership of the company since he was fired, and he claimed that the company should indemnify him against claims by another company, ControlTek Inc. of Vancouver.The case still hasn’t been resolved.Earlier lawsuitAccording to court documents, Hyunh also had a business called Interconnected Marketing Solutions. Before forming Integrated Manufacturing Solutions in 2007, Hyunh had contracted with ControlTek to serve as the company’s manufacturer’s representative in Washington and Oregon. His duties included soliciting business and generating leads for ControlTek in exchange for 10 percent commission.last_img read more

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World AIDS Day observance raises questions concerns

first_imgOn the WebFor more information about HIV/AIDS, visit: endaidswashington.orgwww.co.clark.wa.us/public-health/hivFor more information about Martha’s Pantry, visit:www.marthaspantry.comDid you know?Human Immunodeficiency Virus is the illness that leads to AIDS. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome is the late-stage emergence of opportunistic illnesses caused by HIV.More than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection, and almost 1 in 7 (14 percent) are unaware of their infection. n Over the past decade the annual number of new HIV infections has stabilized at around 50,000 per year, while the number of people living with HIV has increased.Gay men and African Americans are disproportionally affected by HIV/AIDS.Nearly 14,000 Americans with an AIDS diagnosis died in 2011; approximately 650,000 Americans with an AIDS diagnosis have died overall.Worldwide, approximately 35 million people are living with HIV.In Washington stateGov. Jay Inslee announced on Monday that he would task an HIV/AIDS steering group with developing a statewide plan to halve the rate of new HIV diagnoses by 2020. Nearly 14,000 Washingtonians are living with HIV today. The rate of new diagnoses is declining slowly; there were 540 new HIV diagnoses in Washington state in 2008 and 470 in 2013. There have been 785 total HIV diagnoses in Clark County.The slim size of the crowd recognizing World AIDS Day on Monday night in Vancouver had at least one speaker who is living with HIV wondering whether the disease’s time in the spotlight has passed.Dec. 1 has been World AIDS Day since 1988. Twenty people turned out for a commemoration at Vancouver’s Unitarian church, and whether the small turnout was because of the development of medications that give people with HIV/AIDS the chance to live a long and happy life — or because people are simply still too afraid — Guy Michelson looked around the room and wondered “if people are losing interest. I wish there were more people here,” he said.last_img read more

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Japanese government to promote IRs at airports cruise ports

first_img Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts RelatedPosts The discussions formed part of a meeting on Monday of a special group comprising economists and academics that will advise the Office of Integrated Resort Regime Promotion in regards to key regulatory measures to be considered by cabinet. The meeting saw discussions between the group on regulatory standards begin in earnest for the first time since the IR Implementation Bill became law.According to reports, the government is pushing to allow IR advertising only at airports that accept international flights – including charter flights – and at port terminals for international cruise ships. Load More Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team The Japanese government is considering displaying advertisements at major public facilities such as international airports promoting the construction of integrated resorts.Although the IR Implementation Bill, which was enacted by the Diet in July, specifically prohibits advertising gambling as a measure against potential gambling addiction, there is an exception where the primary target audience is tourists. Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IRlast_img read more

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Jeju to crack down on Korean migrants entering casinos

first_imgAuthorities on Korea’s Jeju Island have announced an upcoming crackdown on Korean migrants entering the island’s foreigner-only casinos.From 31 January to 24 February, Jeju will monitor eight foreigner-only casinos in order to make sure that migrants are properly qualified to enter, according to local media reports. 10,000 Chinese citizens flee Sihanoukville in days after Cambodian online gaming directive: report Casino employees will also be provided with further training to ensure they are aware of updated procedures for Korean migrants introduced last year.Under the legislation, Korean nationals who have married a foreigner or gained permanent residence overseas for work purposes must show either a foreign passport or ID for a Korean resident abroad as well as documentation confirming their migrant status to enter local casinos.The crackdown comes after a Korean national whose migrant status had been suspended was found in a Jeju casino in August. Sihanoukville authorities threaten legal action against 10 building owners over demolition orders RelatedPosts 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage Load Morelast_img read more

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Smith moves to UCL

first_imgKaren Smith has joined University College London (UCL) as head of wellbeing.Smith’s prior experience includes organisational wellbeing manager, as well as reward and wellbeing manager at the Financial Ombudsman Service.last_img

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Marks and Spencer enhances pay and pensions deal

first_imgRetailer Marks and Spencer has enhanced the pay deal offered to staff, including the extension of top up payments and pension cash supplements for affected employees.The agreed offer follows the completion of a three-month consultation on pay and pensions with the organisation’s national employee representative group, the Business Involvement Group.The changes will see pay for customer assistants rise by 14.7% to £8.50 an hour, or £9.65 an hour in Greater London. The organisation will also increase pay for section co-ordinators and section managers.The premium payment structure will be simplified by removing premium pay for Sunday hours and by moving to one standard payment for working bank holidays.Marks and Spencer will top up pay over the following two years for employees that would receive lower pay as a result of these changes, ensuring they reach 2015-2016 pay levels.Staff who would still receive lower pay in 2019-2020 compared to 2015-16, will now also receive an additional top up payment of 50% of their reduction in total pay. They will also be offered guaranteed extra hours to make up the remaining 50%. These will amount to a maximum of three hours a week and will be optional.Top up payments and extra hours will then be offered annually until an employee’s pay reaches the 2015-2016 level.The pay changes will come into effect from April 2017.From April 2017, active members of the Marks and Spencer defined benefit (DB) pension scheme will not earn new benefits, and will instead be offered the chance to join the organisation’s defined contribution (DC) pension scheme.The organisation has extended the pension cash supplement support for staff affected by the pension changes from two to three years.It will also maintain the death-in-service benefit at four times salary for DB pension scheme members who do not enrol into the DC scheme. Early retirement factors for deferred DB pension scheme members are also set to be improved.Employees will only be eligible for the transition support if they agree to the changes.Sacha Berendji, retail director at Marks and Spencer, said: “We’ve listened to our colleagues, acted on their feedback and are pleased that we’ve reached an outcome that gives enhanced support for our colleagues as well as making necessary changes to our business.“From April 2017, our people will be amongst the highest paid in UK retail and receive one of the best benefits packages. The changes will reward our people in a fair and consistent way, simplify and modernise our business and help us attract and retain the best talent so we can continue to provide great service for our customers.”Siobhain McDonagh, MP for Mitcham and Morden, who has protested against the pay changes, said: “While we are obviously glad that the new offer is better with regard to pay compensation packages, it still falls short of the offer that longstanding and loyal staff from Britain’s premier retailer really deserve.”last_img read more

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50 do not understand the role of their employer or trustee in

first_imgHalf (50%) of respondents do not understand the role and responsibilities of their employer or trustee when it comes to planning for their retirement, according to research by LV=.Its survey of 1,004 UK adults aged 55 or over who have a defined benefit (DB) pension but have not started to take income from it yet, also found that 38% of respondents do not know they must transfer into a defined contribution (DC) scheme to take advantage of the pension freedoms.The research also found:11% of respondents want to transfer into a DC scheme in order to take advantage of the pension freedoms.20% of respondents are certain they have the necessary knowledge to make an informed decision about whether or not to transfer out of their scheme.25% of respondents are unaware that they may live longer than their pension savings last if they do not opt for a guaranteed income.20% of respondents are not aware that inflation could impact on their investments if they transfer their pension.Mary Stewart (pictured), head of corporate solutions at LV=, said: “The freedom and choice reforms have given everyone, including defined benefit members, greater access to their money. However, there is a risk that unless [savers] are given adequate information and know where they can turn for support, they could miss out on making the most of their pension pot.“Our research has unearthed a fundamental lack of understanding among members about their options. We believe the industry must move away from producing communication material that solely complies with regulation, and instead focus on the needs of the consumer. Scheme trustees have a duty to provide their members with information in a simple, clear way to ensure they can make the right decision.”last_img read more

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61 are not satisfied with their benefits and rewards

first_imgNearly two-thirds (61%) of respondents are not satisfied with the benefits and rewards their employers offer, according to research by Sodexo Engage.Its survey of 2,000 employees also found that 19% of respondents feel that the benefits and rewards provided by their employer are not relevant to them at all.The research also found:11% of respondents state that they would be most motivated by annual leave purchase, compared to 10% who would be motivated the most by cashback on high street and supermarket shopping.9% of respondents would be most motivated by receiving high street discounts as an employee benefit, and a further 9% state that having access to holiday discounts would motivate them the most.7% of respondents think they would be most motivated by health and wellbeing initiatives.Iain Thomson (pictured), director of incentive and recognition at Sodexo Engage, said: “This research shows that there is a clear lack of understanding of how to best use benefits and reward to incentivise and engage employees. In particular, it’s worrying to see that one in five employees don’t think their benefits and rewards are relevant to them, as that’s exactly what they should be.“It’s not all doom and gloom, however. Creating a flexible, personalised benefits and rewards programme doesn’t mean re-inventing the wheel. Ultimately, what the research shows is that it’s all about genuinely understanding the people that work for the business. Once employers know this, they can begin developing a programme that works for everyone, not just a few.”last_img read more

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