231 Front Street, Lahaina, HI 96761 info@givingpress.com 808.123.4567

ASA Calls Sanctions Legislation a Good First Step

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) supports legislation passed by the U.S. Senate this week that provides an additional $2.6 billion for agriculture disaster relief, allows for the sale of U.S. food and medicine to Cuba, and doubles the payment limit on loan deficiency payments and marketing loan gains. ASA considers the package an important step toward supporting producer income during a period when commodity prices have fallen to their lowest levels since the early 1970s.”The sanctions provisions in this bill are a good first step, but they still restrict financing by U.S. banks and the use of USDA’s export credit program,” said ASA President Tony Anderson, a producer from Mount Sterling, Ohio. “The U.S. must be able to compete on the same terms with other exporting countries. This legislation falls short of what was promised to us during the 1996 Farm Bill process.”For four decades, U.S. farmers have endured a nightmare of unilateral ecomonic sanctions that have denied them access to multi-billion dollar markets. A 1998 ASA report determined that restrictions on exports to Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, and Sudan totaled $554 million annually for soybeans and soy products alone.”ASA will continue to work with members of Congress for sanctions legislation that will fully restore the reputation of the United States as a reliable supplier of food and agricultural products,” Anderson said.The bill also will double the payment limit from $75,000 to $150,000 on loan deficiency payments and marketing loan gains available to producers when market prices are below federal minimums. The limit is a maximum amount for all eligible crops a farmer produces.According to Anderson, “The increased payment limit is critical to helping farmers work through this period of historically low commodity prices.”The FY-2001 agriculture appropriations bill containing the economic assistance, sanctions reform, and payment limit provisions passed the House and Senate this week. President Clinton has indicated his intention to sign the legislation.last_img read more

Soy Growers Call on Senate to Pass Biotech Labeling Solutions Act

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) President and Delaware farmer Richard Wilkins called on Senators from both sides of the aisle Wednesday to come together and vote to advance the Biotech Labeling Solutions Act (S.2609), legislation from Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts that would establish a nationwide standard for the labeling of foods containing GMOs, and make the disclosure of that information mandatory if such information was not widely available in the marketplace within three years. In a statement, Wilkins pointed to benefits of the bill from both a Republican and Democratic perspective:”The bill on the floor of the Senate today reflects a significant compromise and a consistent effort to find middle ground, and we applaud Chairman Roberts for his efforts. We know that transparency is something that consumers demand, and this bill pushes our industry to provide that information with a series of clearly-defined benchmarks. If we don’t hit the benchmarks set in the legislation within three years, we will be required to do so. Until then, the bill enables food companies to provide information on biotech content in the manner and with the technology that best fits the profile of their customers, whether that’s via app, quick response code, website, or traditional 800-number. What’s more, the technology allows companies to provide additional product information like labor practices, sourcing and fair trade information, traceability data, food safety and recall updates, content on local and regional producers and more. S.2609 is a bill that strikes a rare balance when it comes to regulation by combining a free-market approach that allows our businesses to innovate with regulatory teeth should it become necessary. It’s a piece of legislation that combines both Republican and Democratic principles and we urge Senators from both parties to vote yes later today.”last_img read more

WISHH Organizes Buyers Conference in Senegal

first_imgThe American Soybean Association’s (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) organized a conference for U.S. protein products on trade, food technology and nutrition, held this week in Dakar, Senegal.Joining WISHH on this U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funded activity were the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI), American Peanut Council (APC), USA Dry Bean Council, and USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council. Buyers from seven African countries joined Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) representatives from Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Senegal to link with the U.S. commodity groups to discuss the demand for protein, African food markets and the ability of various U.S. commodities and suppliers’ ability to supply the markets.Tariffs, logistics and unfamiliarity with products and suppliers are common challenges to entering these markets. WISHH has blazed a trail and now five countries are importing U.S. soy. As a result of the conference, several of the African WISHH supply chain partners have started dialogues with other U.S. cooperators that could result in new U.S. exports.last_img read more

Hearing delayed for nurse accused of voyeurism

first_imgA hearing for a former nurse suspected of videotaping women in the restroom of a Vancouver medical facility was rescheduled Thursday for next week.Matthew A. Long, who has been out of custody pending trial, appeared in Clark County Superior Court to plead guilty to one count of voyeurism. But when his attorney asked Superior Court Judge Roger Bennett if Long could post bond and remain out of custody pending sentencing, Bennett said no. Bennett said state law requires sex offenders to be taken into custody, even though sentencing hearings are often set over to allow time for a corrections officer to do a pre-sentencing investigation. Bennett told Long and his attorney that they should review the court documents again before Long enters his guilty plea.He set the matter over to Tuesday.Last month, Washington health officials suspended Long’s license. He still faces a license revocation hearing with the Department of Health, his attorney said.Long was fired from his job at Kaiser-Permanente’s Salmon Creek medical office. According to the investigating officer, Long taped his cell phone under a sink in a bathroom on June 24 and pointed it at a toilet.last_img read more

Utility helps local cities switch to more efficient LED lights

first_imgStreetlights that use energy-efficient technology could become a growing part of how Clark County illuminates its roadways, parking lots and neighborhoods.The cities of Vancouver, Battle Ground, Camas and Washougal have either completed or are well into pilot projects to replace several hundred streetlights that use conventional bulbs with light-emitting diode, or LED, streetlights.Officials involved in the work, fueled by federal stimulus dollars, say if the benefits of conservation, and savings in energy and maintenance costs are achieved — as expected — then LED streetlights could become embedded in the county’s land-use codes.“When a developer comes in to develop a neighborhood, we could possibly require LED streetlights to be put in,” said Jim Dunn, interim public works director for the city of Washougal.A ‘promising technology’Rick Dyer, director of finance for Clark Public Utilities, which helped the cities kick off their pilot projects, said the utility supports including standards for energy-efficient streetlights in land-development codes. The work to do that, though, will take some time, he said.“It’s a developing technology,” Dyer said of LEDs.Clark County is one of many metro areas across the United States looking at LED streetlights, among other energy-efficiency measures, as a way to achieve conservation goals and to cut down on energy costs.last_img read more

Blaze causes 200000 in damage to home near Battle Ground

first_imgA two-alarm fire caused extensive damage to a house south of Battle Ground on Wednesday morning.The fire was reported just before 11 a.m. at 20210 N.E. 104th Ave. in the Winterlake subdivision, near the Meadow Glade neighborhood. Residents were in the home when the fire started but were not injured, neighbors said.Engine 27 from Clark County Fire & Rescue was the first unit on the scene. Firefighters found fire in the garage and second floor of the home, said Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy, Clark County Fire & Rescue spokesman. The fire was “burning vigorously” and spread into the attic, he said.Dale Remsing, who lives next to the burned home, saw people running out of the home immediately before the garage door collapsed. He said the neighbors, who just moved into the home in September, were eating a late breakfast, smelled smoke and left the home.Others who live in the area ventured outside to investigate the black plume of smoke that could be seen belching from the home.Within minutes, other units from Clark County Fire & Rescue, Fire District 3, the Vancouver Fire Department and Fire District 6 arrived. AMR ambulances stood by.With a house fire, firefighters call in a special rescue unit with extra tools and air bottles and a rehab unit (a modified bus) to medically evaluate, hydrate and treat firefighters. AMR is called just in case a civilian is injured inside the home or a firefighter gets injured fighting the fire, Dawdy said.Roof collapseFirefighters doused the blaze in the garage and second floor, ventilated the roof and began fighting the attic fire. Crews requested a second alarm at about 11:10 a.m. A few minutes later, a section of the roof collapsed.last_img read more

Vancouver company wants out of three Macaroni Grill leases

first_imgVancouver-based Waterloo Restaurant Ventures wants out of leases for three of its now-closed Macaroni Grill locations in California and Idaho, the Portland Business Journal reports.On May 25, Waterloo asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas to cancel its lease obligations for former Macaroni Grill locations in Boise, Idaho; San Jose, Calif.; and Dublin, Calif., the newspaper reported. A hearing is set for June 18 in Dallas.In March, Macaroni Grill filed for protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, citing declining customer traffic and the economy.Waterloo is a franchisee of Mac Acquisition LLC, a Dallas-based holding company of Romano’s Macaroni Grill Inc. It held the rights to develop the Romano’s Macaroni Grill restaurant concept in Oregon, Washington, Northern California and parts of Idaho.According to court documents cited by the Portland Business Journal, Waterloo agreed to a termination and release agreement that gave it 60 days from Feb. 27 to operate under the Macaroni Grill name. The deadline was extended to June 28.last_img read more

ExWSP official to be in court again Thursday

first_imgThe arraignment of a former Washington State Patrol lieutenant on rape charges was postponed Wednesday after he told his attorney he didn’t want to enter a not guilty plea.Kenneth S. Garrison, 50, of Vancouver faces charges in Clark County Superior Court of two counts of second-degree rape and three counts of first-degree incest related to the rape of a relative. He is being held in Clark County Jail on $1 million bail.Judge Robert Lewis determined during a court hearing Wednesday that Garrison qualifies for a court-appointed attorney and appointed Vancouver attorney Shon Bogar to defend Garrison. There had been some doubt at his first court appearance Jan. 31 about whether he qualified.After consulting with Garrison, Bogar told Lewis that Garrison didn’t want to enter a not guilty plea. Bogar said that he wanted more time to discuss the “serious” decision with his client before his arraignment hearing. Lewis rescheduled Garrison’s arraignment hearing for Thursday.Meanwhile, Cowlitz County Prosecuting Attorney Sue Baur said she is considering filing a child rape charge against Garrison related to a 2001 incident involving a different alleged victim, who also was Garrison’s relative. Garrison was charged with the crime, but the charge was later dismissed.last_img read more

Lawmakers press White House again on pot rules

first_imgWASHINGTON — A senior U.S. drug enforcement official urged Congress and others Tuesday not to abandon scientific concerns over marijuana in favor of public opinion to legalize it, even as the Obama administration takes a hands-off approach in states where voters have made legal its sale and use.The deputy administrator for the Drug Enforcement Administration, Thomas Harrigan, testified Tuesday before a House oversight panel that easing laws governing marijuana threatens U.S. institutions.“We should not abandon science and fact in favor of public opinion,” Harrigan said. He echoed previous testimony from James Capra, DEA’s chief of operations, who told a Senate panel in January that “going down the path to legalization in this country is reckless and irresponsible.”The subcommittee chairman, Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., said the country is “in a state of conflict and chaos right now” over U.S. marijuana policy.In an election year that could tip the balance of power in Congress, some Republicans have accused the White House of cherry-picking which federal laws to enforce. The administration has said it continues to pursue dangerous criminals, but Obama himself last month in an interview declared marijuana no more dangerous than alcohol and contrasted it with “harder drugs” including cocaine and methamphetamine.last_img read more

Biden makes Portland stop to campaign for senator

first_imgPORTLAND — The middle class isn’t sharing in the economic gains since the Great Recession, and wealthy taxpayers should be paying higher taxes, Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday.Biden stopped in Portland to help Sen. Jeff Merkley with his bid for a second term, a must-win race for Democrats trying to maintain control of the Senate. Biden is on a West Coast swing to promote a minimum-wage hike and boost Democratic campaigns.Economic growth has replaced the income that was lost during the recession, but the gains went primarily to taxpayers on the top, Biden said.“I think we should make them start to pay their fair share. Take the burden off the middle class,” Biden told a crowd of several hundred supporters at the Oregon Convention Center.Helped by a surge of new voters turning out to support Barack Obama’s presidential bid, Merkley narrowly defeated a Republican incumbent in 2008 to win his seat. He is now the front-runner against Republican Monica Wehby, a pediatric neurosurgeon from Portland.last_img read more

Governors announce Super Bowl food bank donations

first_imgOLYMPIA — The Seattle Seahawks-New England Patriots Super Bowl matchup is bringing cross-country donations into the food banks of each team’s home state. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan announced Thursday morning they’re each sending win-or-lose donations to food pantries to help celebrate the game. For Inslee, that means sending 1,000 cups of chowder donated by Seattle restaurant chain Ivar’s across the country to food pantries in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Washington food banks will get Boston cream pie cupcakes from the Koffee Kup Bakery in Springfield, Mass., and New Hampshire bacon. The lieutenant governors of each team’s home state have also announced a wager. If the Seahawks win, Washington Lt. Gov. Brad Owen will collect beer and cannoli from Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. If the Patriots win, Owen will send east a magnum of wine, smoked salmon, apples and Quinault Indian Nation souvenirs.last_img read more

Galaxys Philippines partner LRWC to raise US588 million through share release

first_img Wynn Resorts shares favored over Wynn Macau: analysts Load More Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gambling Philippines gaming firm Leisure and Resorts World Corp (LRWC) says it will raise a total of Php4.38 billion (US$588 million) from six new investors after shareholders approved the issuance of more than 1.3 billion common shares of unissued capital stock.The shares are to be issued at a price of Php3.60 per share. RelatedPosts 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status LRWC is best known as the local partner of Macau’s Galaxy Entertainment Group in their pursuit of a license to operate an integrated resort on the holiday island of Boracay. The consortium made global headlines early last year after being granted a provisional license to develop a US$500 million Boracay IR by Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR only for the nation’s President, Rodrigo Duterte, to declare he would not approve any new casinos.LRWC also owns a majority stake in gaming infrastructure provider First Cagayan Leisure and Resorts Corp, operates the Midas Hotel in Manila via another subsidiary and leases Casino Filipino inside Midas to PAGCOR.One of the investors is listed as Diamond Fortune Holdings, the same name as the Russian casino operator currently developing phase one of a US$900 million integrated resort in the Primorye gambling zone near Vladivostok.However, the CEO of Russia’s Diamond Fortune, Thomas Gibbons, informed Inside Asian Gaming that it was not his company involved in the LRWC share purchase.last_img read more

32 unclear about Pension Wise service

first_imgAlmost a third (32%) of respondents are unclear about the service Pension Wise can provide to employees, according to research by Close Brothers Asset Management.Its survey of 700 employers found that 29% do not know who their employees are turning to for information around the pension reforms.The study also found:13% of respondents do not feel confident recommending that staff should look to Pension Wise for guidance, while 9% say Pension Wise is a huge support in offering help to staff.Almost a fifth (19%) of employees look to Pension Wise for information about the pension reforms, while 17% turn to financial advisors and 18% seek clarity from their employer. 9% of respondents believe staff are obtaining pensions advice from friends and family.37% say that the pension reforms have encouraged them to take on a bigger role in the financial education of staff. 21% of respondents are taking steps to improve their support network for employees approaching retirement. Almost a quarter (23%) of respondents feel that they do not have the right provision in place to effectively support employees. 31% of smaller organisations (with a turnover of less than £500,000) do not have the right resources in place to support staff, while 18% of large organisations (with a turnover of more then £10 million) say the same.Jeanette Makings (pictured), head of financial education services at Close Brothers Asset Management, said: “Four months after the pension reforms were introduced, it’s clear that there is still some confusion.“It’s crucial that if employers are directing their staff towards Pension Wise, they really understand the support it can provide and that the guidance it gives is not advice and so should sit alongside financial advice rather than competing with it.“While it’s a positive that Pension Wise was extended, raising awareness of the service and the need to plan for retirement earlier, the lack of clarity around its purpose, and limitations, indicates that it’s not being used to its full potential.“Directing staff to Pension Wise should not be the sum of total support that employers provide to guide staff. Options at retirement have become all the more complex, and education is the key to helping employees navigate their new freedoms.“A financial education programme, whether this is through seminars, clinics or one-to-one advice, can help to build up understanding and engagement and can lead to them taking action to improve their financial wellbeing.“Employers are a vital cog in helping staff make informed decisions about their future, and both will be better off in the long-term should this be a success.”last_img read more

Tesco to increase staff pay by up to 3

first_imgTesco is to increase the pay of its UK store-based staff by up to 3% as part of a two-year pay deal.The retailer will pay its established store workers a base pay rate of up to £7.62 an hour from 3 July 2016.The increase from the current hourly rate of £7.39 will apply to staff of all ages.The new rate is 42p higher than the national living wage rate of £7.20 an hour due to come into force for workers aged 25 and over from April.New store-based employees at Tesco will see their pay increase from £7.02 an hour to £7.20 an hour from March, and then to £7.24 from July.The organisation has also implemented a new approach to premium payments, which means all staff will receive time and a half for Sunday and bank holiday shifts from July this year. Any employees who are negatively impacted by the changes will be supported with a lump sum transition payment worth 18 months of the difference in their pay.Tesco established the deal alongside trade union Usdaw and staff representatives.Matt Davies, chief executive officer at Tesco UK and Ireland, said: “We’ve spent a lot of time working with Usdaw and colleague representatives to understand what’s important to colleagues. Together, we’ve agreed one of the highest pay and benefits packages in retail for store colleagues, and introduced a simpler pay structure, including one approach to premium payments.“As well as an increase in pay which puts our hourly rate well above the government’s national living wage, we remain absolutely committed to rewarding our colleagues with a pay and benefits package they really value, including a pension, colleague discount and 5% turnaround bonus.“I’d like to thank colleagues for their customer focus, passion and hard work in serving our customers a little better every day.”last_img read more

39 believe the Lifetime Isa will cause confusion among staff

first_imgOver a third (39%) of employer respondents believe the introduction of the Lifetime individual savings account (Lisa) will cause confusion for employees looking to save, according to research by Close Brothers Asset Management.Its Business barometer report, which surveyed 900 UK employers, also found that 20% of respondents plan to respond to this predicted confusion by arranging financial education schemes to improve employees’ understanding and help in the decision-making process between a Lisa, pension or other saving options.The research also found:16% of respondents expect to see reductions in employee contributions to both workplace pension arrangements and share schemes as a result of the introduction of the Lisa.48% of respondents are worried about their employees’ poor financial wellbeing.68% of respondents think that workplace financial education should be provided to all staff.Jeanette Makings (pictured), head of financial education at Close Brothers Asset Management, said: “In our current economic climate, with a rising state pension age and house prices remaining out of reach for many, any initiatives that encourage a savings plan should be welcomed. Even without the Lisa, employees have a choice of savings vehicles in the workplace that offer a range of different benefits, helping them save for retirement, for a home or for a rainy day. The introduction of the Lisa may help engage more young people in starting their savings journey but it is another choice and with choice comes confusion and possible missed opportunities or poor decision-making.“With pensions, share schemes and [individual savings accounts] in the workplace, and other non-workplace investments the financial landscape is more complex than ever for individuals to navigate. Saving schemes are not a one size fits all and employers have a pivotal role in ensuring staff are equipped with the tools and support to improve their understanding and make the best savings choices for them whatever their age, career stage, and personal circumstances.”last_img read more

1 dead after shooting outside Pompano Beach McDonalds

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A person was found dead, early Monday morning, after a shooting outside a Pompano Beach McDonald’s.According to police, shots were fired at the restaurant, near West Sample Road and Northwest Eighth Avenue.When police arrived to the scene, they discovered the victim dead in his car.Detectives are working to find the shooter responsible and are in the process of identifying the victim.If you have any information on this fatal shooting, 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

2 stranded boaters rescued off Key Biscayne

first_imgKEY BISCAYNE, FLA. (WSVN) – Two men were rescued off Key Biscayne after a boater spotted them floating in the water, early Sunday morning.According to good Samaritan Jimmy David, he and his family were out fishing when they saw the stranded men in the distance, about four miles off shore.David said one of the men was waving his life jacket in the air. The good Samaritan pulled alongside the men and helped them into his boat.David said he was happy to be in the right place, at the right time. “They are very lucky. We were happy we were able to see them,” said David. “There were no other boats around, and the way the wind and tide was going, they were getting pushed out to sea, out to the Gulf Stream, and once they got caught in that, they would have been swept up the coast, so it’s very fortunate we were able to see them.”The men told David they were on a fishing boat that sank. They said they were in the water for about half an hour before help arrived.David and his family gave the men towels and water and brought them ashore safely. They are said to be doing OK.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Vigil held for victims of crash in Lauderdalearea lake

first_imgNEAR FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) — Loved ones came together to remember three people who were involved in a fatal car crash in a lake near Fort Lauderdale.Friends and family members gathered on Tuesday near the edge of the lake to mourn the lives lost in Monday’s crash, in the area of Northwest 29th Avenue and 14th Street.According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the driver managed to escape after careening into the water, but two of his passengers did not survive. A third passenger is still missing but is presumed dead.Witnesses said the driver was speeding before the crashing into the canal.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Rescue truck crashes while transporting patient in Miami Beach

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A rescue truck was involved in a minor crash while transporting a patient in Miami Beach.7’s Skyforce HD flew over the scene of the crash that happened along Alton Road and 43rd Street, near Mount Sinai Medical Center.The rescue truck was on its way to Mount Sinai.Miami Beach Police responded to the scene, Monday. Officials said the collision resulted in a fender bender.Miami Beach Fire Rescue said no one was injured in the crash.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Accused armed jewelry store robber pleads guilty

first_imgWooden was captured by police on Jan. 11, after officers tried to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle he was driving.“Wooden refused to stop and sideswiped an officer’s vehicle in an attempt to evade capture,” read a release from prosecutors. “Ultimately, Wooden crashed his vehicle and was taken into custody. A search of the vehicle revealed a loaded firearm.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – A man has pleaded guilty to armed robbery, months after he struck a Downtown Miami jewelry store.Jessie Wooden admitted to robbing a store in the Seybold Building at gunpoint.He faces up to life in prison.His sentencing is scheduled for on May 25.Surveillance cameras captured him and an accomplice entering the building in October.Prosecutors said Wooden pointed a gun and demanded cash and jewelry while his accomplice tied up the store owner.They made off with 35 watches and over $250,000 in U.S. currency. last_img read more