American Soybean Association (ASA) industry partner Valent BioSciences celebrated the grand opening of its new global research facility this week at Innovation Park in Libertyville, Illinois.ASA staff members Bill Schuermann and Michelle Hummel participated in the event celebrating the opening of the Biorational Research Center, along with more than 250 guests representing Valent’s strategic partners, customers, allied industry representatives, media representatives and leading members of the scientific community.The opening of the BRC completes a two-year build-out and transition from Valent BioScience’s legacy research facility in nearby Long Grove, Ill. The facility boasts approximately 65,000 square-feet of open-concept lab and office space combined with a state-of-the-art, 20,000 square-foot greenhouse. Read more here.
WISHH trade team visits Zach Johnson’s Minnesota farm where Zach, his father Nate and Kim Nill, director of market development, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, spent the afternoon answering the trade team’s wide range of questions on the nuances of producing soybeans.ASA WISHH’s August U.S.-based training programs have introduced 12 strategic partners from Central America, Asia and Africa to new ways to grow demand for products made with U.S. soy protein. Multiple participating companies have $1 billion-plus in annual food and beverage product sales while a government agency official and a director of a national nutrition program are responsible for managing meals that reach tens of thousands of people. Each business or government agency made a financial commitment to send their representative to the United States in August for WISHH’s programs on how to innovate with U.S. soy as well as the opportunity to visit U.S. soybean farms that are a source of important nutrition for government as well as private-sector food purchases in their countries.“I’m taking home with me the knowledge that we can literally dream anything in the area of food processing, and the technology and solid science is there that will enable us to add soya to any food or beverage product,” said Esi Amoaful, deputy nutrition director of the Ghanaian government’s public health agency. “We visited Zach Johnson’s farm, and we saw that technology and solid science are also on the soya farms. This allows U.S. farmers to grow soya with sustainable cropping practices, which preserves soya’s nutrients and benefits my people.”WISHH works with the companies and other strategic participants before, during and after their U.S. training by leveraging QSSB funding with USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service programs. The trade teams reported that training at the Northern Crops Institute in Fargo as well industry presentations will drive their innovation and investments in food research and development to make a wide array of soy-based foods ranging from protein drinks to yogurts and sausages. WISHH also took participants to the ZFS Creston soy processing plant in Iowa.Last week, WISHH staff and strategic partners from Cambodia and Ghana attended the U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange & Specialty Grains Conference in Chicago. The Conference participation further assisted these feed and food companies to contribute to increased U.S. soy exports.
Information gatherers employed by the 2010 census have been given a new charge: quality assurance. Census workers are making phone calls and random visits to homes to check the accuracy of your information.They also want to know if previous visits involved employees who were “polite and courteous,” said Ruben Delvalle, a spokesman in the U.S. Census Bureau’s Seattle office.Additionally, field staff will be looking to verify that homes marked as vacant are, in fact, vacant. They carry government-issued ID cards and black census bags.The census provides data for political re-districting and the appropriation of $400 billion in federal money.
State Sen. Don Benton, a Vancouver Republican, missed more votes in the just-concluded 2011 regular and special legislative sessions than all but one other state senator.Benton missed 79 of 648 floor votes, according to WashingtonVotes.org, a nonpartisan organization that prepares the annual tabulations. He was second only to Sen. Jerome Delvin, R-Richland, who explained that some of the 120 votes he missed were because of the unexpected death of his father.Among the votes Benton took a pass on were the state operating and capital budgets and a bill to lease state liquor warehousing and distribution. All three passed the Senate on May 25, the last day of the special session. Benton’s explanation: “In addition to taking excused absences for unforeseen conflicts due to the unusual nature of special sessions, I also miss votes on occasion while meeting with constituents and while negotiating with members of the House on issues to affect a better outcome.“I do this only when I already know that votes I miss are on issues where the outcome will not be affected by my absence,” Benton told WashingtonVotes.org. “In other words, when the bill is clearly going to pass anyway without my vote, I will choose to meet with constituents who have come to the Capitol to see me.”
As much of the country continues to swelter under a relentless heat wave, the Pacific Northwest remains locked in a mostly cool, cloudy weather pattern.Neither seems willing to budge, because a strong ridge of high pressure camped out over the Midwest won’t allow it.“What that does is, it kind of makes the progression of the weather patterns kind of stagnant,” said Tyree Wilde, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland.The pattern has created a low-pressure trough over the eastern Pacific Ocean, sending unseasonably cool temperatures toward the Northwest. That trough won’t be able to move farther east until the high-pressure ridge in that direction breaks up, Wilde said.Even before the heat wave to the east arrived, the Northwest saw plenty of unusually cool and wet weather. The average high temperature in Vancouver is 75.7 degrees for the month of July so far, according to Wilde. That’s more than two degrees below the normal high of 78 for the month.Warmer, sunny weather is on tap for this weekend, with temperatures in Vancouver expected to land in the low- to mid-80s both Saturday and Sunday, according to the weather service. Then it’s back to a slight chance of showers for the early part of next week.
An accident near the Interstate 205 bridge southbound backed up traffic for miles into Clark County during Wednesday morning’s rush hour.Traffic was still snarled after 9 a.m., long after the morning rush hour is usually completed.The accident was reported at 7:34 a.m. The two-car, rear-end collision happened in the second lane from the left on the Oregon side of the bridge, said Joe Spatz, a Vancouver Fire Department spokesman.No one was injured in the accident and the cars were moderately damaged, he said. It was still enough to slow commuters.Engine 9 from the Fisher’s Landing station arrived on scene first and blocked the two left lanes of the bridge, Spatz said. Eventually the engine was able to move one of the cars, which wasn’t drivable after the crash, into the left lane. The engine remained at the scene of the crash, blocking one lane for about 45 minutes, until a tow truck removed the car, Spatz said.It wasn’t the only crash on the Glenn Jackson Bridge on Wednesday morning.Firefighters on another engine saw two more fender benders on the bridge on the return trip to Vancouver, he said.The bridge was “extremely foggy” this morning, which could have been a factor in the crashes, Spatz said.
Ideal Food Products Inc., a Ridgefield-based distributor of perishable foods, has been acquired by Tony’s Fine Foods of West Sacramento, Calif., the two companies announced Tuesday.The two companies declined to disclose a sale price.Formerly based in Battle Ground, Ideal Food Products Co. opened its 35,000-square-foot distribution facility in Ridgefield in 2008. The company is located in the Union Ridge business development west of the Interstate 5 junction with the Pioneer Street overpass.Tony’s had already begun to merge some of its Pacific Northwest operations with Ideal, said Randy Frisk, Ridgefield-based director of sales and marketing for Tony’s. His company plans to retain Ideal’s personnel — approximately 25 employees. The company also envisions adding personnel and distribution space over time, as Tony’s expands its reach in terms of specialty food distribution in the region.Ideal’s Ridgefield facility at 759 S. 74th Place is just west of Dollar Tree Inc’s massive, 660,000-square-foot distribution warehouse, a center the size of 11 football fields.Officials from Tony’s, which generates annual revenue approaching $700 million, saw Ideal as a strategic acquisition, Frisk said. He added that Ideal generates annual revenue of approximately $25 million by providing perishable foods to an established list of Northwest retailers including Whole Foods and New Seasons Market.
Two Vancouver residents and two Oregon residents were indicted Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Portland in connection with a global conspiracy in which more than $1.2 billion in illegal drugs were sold online to buyers around the world, according to the Justice Department.Jason W. Hagen, 39, and Chelsea L. Reder, 23, both of Vancouver, and Richard E. Webster, 45, and Donald R. Bechen, 39, both of Washington County, Ore., allegedly participated in the conspiracy by selling methamphetamine internationally for the digital currency, called bitcoins, on a website dubbed the “Silk Road.”They are charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine over the Internet, conspiracy to export methamphetamine to other countries and 15 counts of international and domestic money laundering.Before its seizure in October, the “Silk Road” provided a virtual marketplace for distributors and suppliers of illegal drugs, firearms and fraudulent identification cards to peddle their products on the Internet through an encrypted network called “The Onion Router.”Hagen, Webster, Bechen and Reder participated in the marketplace by selling more than 17 pounds of methamphetamine on the website, the justice department said. The sales involved about 3,169 transactions, the justice department said.
OLYMPIA — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is asking President Barack Obama for a major disaster declaration in Snohomish County to make programs available to help individuals, households and businesses impacted by the massive Oso landslide on March 22.The request made Monday asks for access to disaster housing, disaster grants, disaster-related unemployment insurance and crisis counseling programs for those in Snohomish County and to the Stillaguamish, Sauk-Suiattle and Tulalip Indian tribes. Approximately 30 families need the assistance with temporary and long-term housing, along with personal and household goods, Inslee says in his letter. Based on Snohomish County Assessors data, the estimated losses amount to nearly $10 million, with nearly $7 million in structure costs and more than $3 million in contents costs.Inslee also seeks federal help with funeral expenses for up to 48 people and mental health care programs for survivors, volunteers, community members and first responders.The governor also requested the U.S. Small Business Administration to make its disaster loan program available. Last week a federal emergency declaration was approved, which provided a federal disaster team and specialized personnel including the Federal Emergency Management Agency to the slide area. The declaration also allowed for some federal reimbursement for costs related to emergency protective measures and response.
Saturday — 1.469 adult summer chinook, 436 jack chinook, 2,242 steelhead, 841 shad, 7,415 sockeye. Water temperature is 67.5 degrees. Streamflow is 231,500 cubic feet per second.
BILLINGS, Mont. — A Washington state man faces sentencing Friday, Aug. 29, in federal court on charges he led an interstate meth-trafficking ring that exploited workers in eastern Montana’s oil patch.Robert Farrell Armstrong of Moses Lake will appear before U.S. District Judge Susan Watters in Billings. He pleaded guilty in January to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Under a January plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to dismiss additional drug conspiracy, distribution, and firearms charges against Armstrong in exchange for his admission of guilt.Prosecutors want him sent to prison for between 17 and 22 years. They point to the 50-year-old defendant’s extensive criminal record and say in Montana he ran a network of dealers and enforcers selling large quantities of almost-pure meth in Sidney, Fairview, Billings, Big Timber, Columbus, Livingston and Bozeman.Armstrong’s public defender, Anthony Gallagher, is seeking a 10-year sentence. Gallagher says prosecutors overstated both Armstrong’s leadership role in the trafficking ring and his criminal history.
Inside Asian Gaming named Lead Media Partner of G2E Asia @ the Philippines IAG will also launch a brand new website this month.“Reaching 5,000 followers represents a significant milestone for IAG, but this is just the beginning,” said O MEDIA CEO Andrew W Scott. “Our continued push into digital publishing will see the IAGLinkedIn account hit 10,000 followers in the months ahead and I expect IAG to increasingly stamp its authority as Asia’s premier gaming and IR industry media brand. I see IAG playing this role for decades to come.”IAG is Asian gaming’s premier B2B media, events and consulting brand, publishing across a variety of media channels and organizing a number of key annual Asian gaming industry events. It is the Lead Media Partner of G2E Asia and co-organizer of the G2E Asia Awards – the official awards of Asia’s biggest industry trade show and exhibition.IAG is also home to the Asian Gaming Power 50 – an annual countdown of the 50 most powerful individuals in the Asian gaming industry over the previous 12 months. Launched in 2008, the Asian Gaming Power 50 will celebrate its 11th anniversary in 2018 with the inaugural Asian Gaming Power 50 gala dinner to be held on 23 November at which this year’s “Power 50” will be announced. Load More Inside Asian Gaming (IAG), is pleased to announce that it has reached 5,000 LinkedIn followers.The surge in followers comes amid a concerted push by IAG into the digital space, spearheaded by the April 2017 launch of daily e-newsletter IAG Breakfast Briefing which has quickly become the leading news resource for the Asian gaming industry. JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner RelatedPosts 300-seat cap revealed for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala Dinner at Galaxy Macau
Load More Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts RelatedPosts JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Galaxy Entertainment Group has conducted a crime prevention workshop in conjunction with Macau’s Judiciary Police to discuss prevention measures for common casino crimes.The workshop saw more than 40 frontline Galaxy staff members from the Hotel Operations, Security, Surveillance, Investigation, Table Games, Cage, Sales and VIP Departments run through various case studies with head of the Gaming-related Crimes Patrol Section, Chan Chon In, and Leong Kin Wai of the Gaming-related Crimes Patrol Section. The Galaxy staff were introduced to the responsibilities and institutional structure of the Judiciary Police as well as shared typical cases seen in Macau and their related laws and regulations.Knowledge gained from the workshop is aimed at helping them become more aware of illegal activities such as gaming-related crimes, banknote counterfeiting, pseudo base station fraud and money laundering, Galaxy said.Team members and police officers also analyzed crime deterrence measures.Galaxy also revealed that Kou Keng Lun, who works for the company’s Security Department, will be presented with an Enthusiastic Citizen Award by the Macao Customs Service after he observed and reported a criminal ring that was engaged in selling counterfeit watches on GEG premises earlier this year. Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August
When Facebook founder and chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg announced his plans to take two months’ paternity leave following the birth of his daughter next year, the news received mixed reactions.In one corner were the cynics who claimed that he is only able to do so due to his seniority and the high profile nature of his role. In the other, were those who applauded his decision.Research has shown that fathers who take paternity leave are more likely to be more involved in their child’s life in the following years. In addition, the opportunity this affords for them to form a bond with their child at the earliest stage has been shown to aid the child’s cognitive development.In the US, there is no legal requirement for employers to provide paid paternity leave for staff, making Zuckerberg’s decision even more notable. Facebook offers its staff four months’ paid paternity leave, positioning it as one of the leaders in this area.Looking at the UK, where new fathers are entitled to paid paternity leave for the first two weeks of their child’s life, as well as having the ability to share parental leave with their partner during their baby’s first year, personally I would have expected more fathers to jump at the chance to do so. However, research by My Family Care last month found that just 2% of respondents have so far taken up the option to share parental leave.The most common reasons we hear for this are:They cannot afford to take the drop in income.They are concerned about how it would be perceived by colleagues.They fear that bosses’ attitudes towards it will hinder their career progression.Surely, then, senior figures leading by example, as Zuckerberg is doing, is a positive step?If more bosses were to follow suit, I wonder if more employees might feel freer to take longer periods of paternity leave – or even to take any at all?Debbie Lovewell-TuckEditorTweet: @DebbieLovewellBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswy
Accountant Roger William Bessent has been sentenced to three years in prison for fraudulently transferring more than £290,000 of pension funds into his own businesses and investments.An investigation conducted by The Pensions Regulator (TPR) found that 66-year-old Bessent took money from the Focusplay Retirement Benefit Scheme; this was the pension scheme for accountancy firm Gleeson Bessent, where he acted as director. Bessent was also director at professional pension trustee firm Gleeson Bessent Trustees, which governed the Focusplay Retirement Benefit Scheme.These roles enabled Bessent to gain access to the pension scheme’s funds, which he then converted into loans to support his personal business agenda. This included using more than £120,000 to buy a house for personal investment, to pay tax bills for Gleeson Bessent and the business of a client, to subsidise the running costs of a children’s nursery and to provide start-up investment capital for a relative’s physiotherapy business.Bessent also made official meeting minutes and records for the pension scheme, falsely listing other trustees as being present at meetings.Bessent pleaded guilty to five counts of fraud by abuse of position and to two counts of making employer-related investments by way of prohibited loans at Preston Crown Court on 27 February 2019. TPR has asked for three other counts of employer-related investments to be left to lie on file.On 29 March 2019, at Preston Crown Court, Judge Nicholas Barker sentenced Bessent to 40 months in prison. This consists of 35 months for the fraud offences and four months for the employer-related investment offences, to be served concurrently. Bessent will also serve five months for director disqualification offences.This is the first time that a TPR prosecution has led to an immediate custodial sentence.Fraud by abuse of position is an offence under section one of the Fraud Act 2006; this carries a maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment. Making a prohibited employer-related investment is illegal under section 40(5) of the Pensions Act 1995 and has a maximum sentence of two years’ imprisonment.The court is further looking to obtain a confiscation order, to force Bessent to repay the outstanding money taken. The hearing date for this is 5 July 2019.As at March 2019, approximately £80,000 of the total has been repaid.Guy Opperman, minister for pensions and financial inclusion, said: “Fraudsters who abuse positions of trust to line their own pockets with other people’s hard-earned savings will feel the full force of the law. I welcome the sentence handed down by the courts and the regulator’s action in bringing this prosecution.“We’re determined to protect everyone’s pensions, which is why we’re introducing a new offence of wilful or reckless behaviour relating to a pension scheme, punishable by up to seven years in jail or unlimited fines.”Nicola Parish, executive director of frontline regulation at TPR, added: “By working with the Insolvency Service, we have brought Bessent to justice and will now go after the money he took from the pension scheme. This sentence shows how seriously the courts take the theft of people’s hard-earned savings.“Trustees should be in no doubt that if they abuse their position like Bessent did they should be prepared to go to prison.”
SUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – Sunrise Police are searching for a man who reportedly exposed himself to a 13-year-old girl.Police released a sketch of the man who they said exposed himself to the teen in a residential neighborhood near Northwest 58th Terrace and 16th Place, May 9.The man is said to be between 20 and 30 years old, approximately 6 feet tall and has short twists in his hair.If you have any information on his whereabouts, 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.
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Florida health officials have once again extended a rabies alert in the Kendall area for an additional 60 days after another raccoon tested positive for the virus.The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County received confirmation of a sixth raccoon that tested positive for rabies in the same Kendall area this year. The raccoon was found dead and with no known human exposure.The rabies alert was originally issued back in May, but was extended after more animals tested positive for the virus. Officials extended the alert again Monday to Nov. 16 after receiving confirmation of the latest infected raccoon.The rabies alert is in effect for:Southwest 152nd Street, to the northSouthwest 187th Street, to the southSouthwest 117th Avenue, to the eastSouthwest 137th Avenue, to the westRabies is a disease of the nervous system and can be fatal to warm-blooded animals and humans.If you believe your pet has been bitten by a wild animal, health officials advise you seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately and contact Miami-Dade Animal Services.State health officials listed the following safety precautions area residents should observe: Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litterDo not leave food sources out for wildlife such as pet food or unsecured garbageAvoid contact with stray and feral animalsNever adopt wild animals or bring them into your homeTeach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendlyPrevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, churches, schools, and other similar areasFor further information, click here. You may also call the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County at 305-324-2400 or Animal Services at 311.For a list of wildlife trappers, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – The man who allegedly barricaded himself inside a Doral apartment and fired shots at officers appeared in bond court on Friday afternoon.Thirty-four-year-old Sergio Van-Kanten faced a judge for a second time, just a day after Doral Police released bodycam footage of the interaction.Officials responded to a 911 call about six men breaking into an apartment on the 3400 block of Northwest 85th Court just before 9 p.m., Monday.After officers responded, they tried to get Van-Kanten to open the door but after no response one officer kicked the door down.Shots were fired towards the door from inside the apartment. Van-Kanten was taken into custody approximately 2 hours later following a special response team and crisis negotiator responding to the scene.He faces several charges including attempted murder, discharging a firearm in public and aggravated battery.Van-Kanten was given a $83,500 bond and was ordered to house arrest. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The driver of the pickup attempted to swerve left to avoid a collision, but the motorcycle also swerved left, and struck the front passenger side of the truck. The motorcyclist was ejected off the bike and landed off the road, sustaining serious, life-threatening injuries, to which they succumbed at the scene. Original Story: The Alaska State Troopers responded to a fatal motor vehicle collision in Sterling, around 5:00 p.m., last night. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet. Troopers have not released the name of the motorcyclist while next of kin is being notified. According to Troopers a Chevy pickup truck was attempting to turn left off Joyful Circle onto Sandline Drive when the driver of the pickup saw a BMW motorcycle traveling toward them on Sandline Drive. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Updated: The motorcyclist has been identified as Michael Corteg, 60 of Sterling. The next of kin has been notified.*The Troopers also updated the location of the crash. It occurred on Joyfull Circle and Peacefull Lane.