The American Soybean Association (ASA) is pleased that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a positive safety opinion on the LibertyLink® soybean (A2704-12) from Bayer CropScience. This is a critical regulatory milestone in the European Union (EU) approval process that moves closer the commercialization of an additional biotech-enhanced soybean seed trait for U.S. producers.Soybeans account for nearly 70 percent of the world’s protein meal consumption, and 30 percent of the edible fats and oils consumed worldwide. The European Union (EU) imports about 95 percent of the whole soybeans processed in the EU and about 70 percent of the soybean protein meal consumed in the EU. Soybean protein meal is an important part of poultry, swine and other livestock feeds in addition to soybeans having numerous other consumer and industrial uses.The first biotech-enhanced soybean seed was commercialized more than a decade ago. With about 91 percent of the soybeans planted in the United States this year being grown from Roundup Ready seed varieties, herbicide tolerant seeds have become a standard in U.S. farmer management systems to control weeds that compete with crops for light, water, and nutrients. The LibertyLink trait is resistant to Liberty®, a postemergence contact herbicide that controls grass and broadleaf weeds, and will provide a new in-crop herbicide option for soybean growers.”U.S. soybean farmers welcome the development of new biotech-enhanced soybean varieties and appreciate this positive action taken by the EFSA,” said ASA President John Hoffman, a producer from Waterloo, Iowa. “The availability of a seed variety that tolerates a different herbicide will promote market competition and provide an additional in-crop weed control option that can be an effective management tool to minimize the selection for herbicide resistant weeds and enhance the sustainability of U.S. soybean production.””Herbicide-tolerant soybeans provide farmers with an unprecedented weed management tool, which has led to increased conservation tillage practices that reduce production costs, lower fuel consumption, reduce run-off, and save irreplaceable top soil,” Hoffman said. “LibertyLink soybeans will provide U.S. soybean farmers with an additional option in herbicide-tolerant technology.”LibertyLink soybeans are fully approved for food, feed and cultivation in the United States and Canada. The ASA has been consulting closely with Bayer CropScience to ensure that regulatory approvals also are being sought in all major soy export markets that have biotech regulatory approval processes. To date, LibertyLink soybeans are fully approved for importation into Australia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Taiwan and South Africa, and for food use in Russia.Bayer CropScience expects to receive full import approvals in the EU, China and other key export countries prior to the planned commercialization in 2009. Until the required approvals are obtained, Bayer CropScience is implementing robust stewardship practices to ensure that all seed and grain produced during seed increase activities is contained and controlled until the targeted commercial launch of the product in 2009.”Timely overseas regulatory approvals are critical because growers around the world have rapidly adopted new biotech-enhanced seed varieties as they became available,” Hoffman said. “U.S. growers look forward to this and several other new biotech-enhanced soybean varieties now under development that will offer important benefits to consumers, growers, and the environment, ranging from healthy oil profiles to increased yields to better weed control.”
Harvest is over—but that doesn’t mean the work is done. Whether you’re prepping your machinery for colder weather or playing in the snow on your family farm, we want to see your pics! As you capture signs of winter on your farm, send the photos to ASA and you could be featured in Soy Shots in the January edition of American Soybean Magazine.You can upload your photos on the ASA Facebook page,Twitter account or email them to Communications Manager Jordan Bright at email@example.com. Make sure to include your name, city, state and a brief description of the photo.
Kudos to Lynn Roherscheib, of Fairmount, Ill., who tweeted an info-graphic about #farming #family and arable soil to her followers! Click here to view.
Bradley Curtis Allen, a fired Camas Fire Department captain and paramedic, has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for stealing the narcotic painkiller fentanyl citrate from the department for his own use, and endangering heart-attack victims over a period of three years.Allen, 60, had been working for the department for 22 years when, last May 7, paramedics who were taking inventory on an ambulance found that an injectable vial containing the drug had been tampered with, according to a bulletin from Emily Langlie, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle.An investigation showed that all of the department’s fentanyl was missing from its storage areas.Paramedics use small doses of fentanyl, mainly to relieve chest pains during heart attacks. It’s preferred to morphine, which causes more side effects, an official said.Besides being sentenced to 27 months in prison for product tampering Friday, in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, Allen has been ordered to serve three years of supervision after he’s released. He also was ordered to pay about $8,000 in restitution for the cost of the drug, Langlie said.Allen is not currently in custody. Instead, Langlie said, the federal Bureau of Prisons will notify him when and where to report to begin serving his time.
Clark County — Clark County welcomed 16.8 percent fewer new arrivals in September, compared with the same month last year, as measured by local driver’s license applications. According to the Washington Department of Licensing, 1,160 people traded in out-of-county driver’s licenses for local ones last month, about even with August’s 1,104 applications and down significantly from 1,394 Clark County licenses issued in September 2010. Statewide, there were 14.8 percent fewer driver’s licenses exchanged during September. Licensing data is considered a population indicator. Through September, driver’s license exchanges totaled 10,223 in Clark County, a 7.5 percent decline from 11,050 licenses issued during the same nine-month period in 2010.
Skamania County authorities are looking for a Stevenson woman and her son, and are concerned they may be endangered.Kelly Ann Hill, 34, and her five-week-old son, David Zachary Barresse, are missing from the Stevenson area, according to a sheriff’s news release issued Sunday evening.Family has set up a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/FindKellyandDavid?sk=wallAnyone who has seen Hill or her son is asked to call Deputy Garique Clifford or Deputy Summer Scheyer at 509-427-9490 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clark County schools overflowed with students throughout the two decades straddling the turn of the millennium. Districts struggled to find space for the influx of children. Now a few local school districts have to deal with the flip side: declining enrollment.Clark County’s booming housing market fueled growth in local schools. The 2008 real estate crash slowed expansion of larger school districts. The smaller ones, especially those with less varied housing stock, actually saw their numbers drop.Growth can be tough, but so can contraction. Enrollment sets funding levels from the state and dictates space and staffing needs. In boom years, the increase in students results in more state money for programs but squeezes facilities. In stagnant times, the squeeze is on the flow of money from the state.When student enrollment drops, the need for teachers and classrooms also declines. The same is not necessarily true for overhead costs. District officials say they trim what they can to avoid cuts that affect the classroom experience.While student counts in several school districts have sagged in recent years, Hockinson’s numbers have plummeted.“We do not have a lot of starter homes,” Superintendent Sandra Yager said. “With the economy, it’s harder for young families to move into the area.” Students board a school bus at Hockinson Primary and Intermediate schools on Thursday. Declining enrollment led the district to shave the transportation budget.
What: School library open after school for families to check out books, practice math and reading on computers, play board games.When: 4:15 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.Where: Yacolt Primary School, 406 W. Yacolt Road, Yacolt.Information: http://bit.ly/17ZjT2CYACOLT — Carrying a bag bulging with kids’ books, Karen Homola, 31, and six of her children entered the library at Yacolt Primary School ready to choose more books. When the school day ends at Yacolt, the learning doesn’t stop. After school on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, the school’s common area becomes the Parent Educational Resource Center. It’s an opportunity for area families to check out children’s books, practice reading and math games on the library’s computers, and access the Internet. In October, 134 people came to the PERC program at Yacolt Primary.Karen Homola’s daughter Alexa, 6, a first-grader at Yacolt Primary, is the reason the family has become regulars at PERC. Karen learned about the after-school resource at a parent-teacher conference in October with Alexa’s teacher, Heidi Massie. Alexa was struggling a bit in reading and needed more practice. “Looking in our bookshelf at home, I didn’t know which books would be at her level,” Karen said.Massie had suggested the family visit the school during its PERC hours. The school’s books are arranged by reading level. That makes it easy for Alexa to choose new books each week that won’t be too hard or too easy.As Karen set down her load of books, her children made a beeline for the shelves to find new books to take home.“I want you to get level D and E,” Karen instructed Alexa. “Two of each.” But then she added: “Three level D books.”Setting her books on a table, Alexa began looking at them: “In a Dark, Dark Wood,” “Timmy” (about a cat), “On a Cold, Wet Night,” “People on the Beach,” “Worms,” “This is My Family” and a Kids Can Read book in which a parent reads one page, and the child reads the next.
RelatedPosts Load More Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited has entered into an agreement to acquire parent company Melco International Development Limited’s entire 75% stake in ICR Cyprus – the operating entity of under construction Cyprus integrated resort City of Dreams Mediterranean.The transaction will see Melco Resorts take control of the Cyprus development in exchange for 55.5 million ordinary shares, equivalent to 4.0% of its outstanding share capital and valued at US$375 million. Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaul Inquiry into Melco Resorts acquisition to determine whether Crown Resorts still suitable to hold NSW gaming license Wynn Resorts shares favored over Wynn Macau: analysts In an overnight announcement, Melco Resorts said completion of the deal is dependent upon approval by Cyprus regulatory authorities and the execution of a new shareholders’ agreement. The proposed agreement would contain “certain commercial and financial arrangements” including the provision by Melco of corporate-level management services to the ICR Group for a fixed amount of €2 million per annum and the right to receive an allotment of preference shares in the gaming license-holding subsidiary of ICR Cyprus.Pending approval, the transaction is expected to be closed by 20 September 2019.ICR Cyprus, which is 25% owned by local firm Cyprus Phassouri Ltd (CPZ), has already opened its temporary Cyprus casino facility plus two satellite casinos in Nicosia and Larnaca, with two more satellites due to open in Paphos and Ayia Napa this year.The €500 million City of Dreams Mediterranean is scheduled for launch by the end of 2021.
National measurement standards organisation the National Physical Laboratory has hired Michael Cope as its new reward manager.Cope has expertise in developing total reward strategies to support and drive organisational objectives and values, and in aligning reward and performance to generate a return on investment around pay, bonuses and recognition.Previously, Cope was remuneration and policy manager at the National Citizen Service Trust. He has also worked as a compensation consultant at Willis Towers Watson, compensation and benefits manager, Europe at QVC and compensation and benefits manager at Konica Minolta Business Solutions UK.
On Monday 10 June 2019, the Court of Appeal ruled in favour of NHS employees working for the East of England Ambulance Service, finding that staff who regularly undertake overtime or work beyond their normal shifts should have these hours taken into account when calculating holiday pay.The case, N Flowers and others v East of England Ambulance Trust, concerns 13 members of staff working in various roles for the ambulance service, including one paramedic, represented by trade union Unison. The claimants argued that holiday pay should reflect actual hours worked, rather than being based solely on contracted working times.The claim concerns overtime in two categories: non-guaranteed and voluntary. Non-guaranteed overtime refers to employees working beyond contracted hours to complete a task, while individuals choosing to work extra time to ease pressures on colleagues and boost their own pay counts as voluntary overtime.The case was originally brought to an Employment Tribunal (ET) and Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) in May 2017 and April 2018, respectively. The Court of Appeal upheld the EAT’s 2018 decision. The East of England Ambulance Service now has 28 days in which to decide whether to appeal.A spokesperson from the East of England Ambulance Service said: “We are committed to offering our staff good rates of pay, a generous holiday entitlement and great working conditions. However, giving careful consideration to the Court of Appeal’s decision, we are not satisfied with the interpretation of the law in either of the [judgments] made.“We remain concerned at the impact these decisions could have both on ourselves and other NHS employers, and we have instructed our legal representatives to appeal to the Supreme Court on both [judgments].”NHS pay is decided by the national Agenda for Change scheme, which is subject to an independent review each year.Clause 13.9 of Agenda for Change states that NHS staff pay during annual leave should include payment for work outside normal hours, and that pay is calculated on the basis of what the individual would have received if they had been at work, based on the previous three months. The Court of Appeal held that this clause should be honoured, and rejected the trust’s argument that a distinction should be drawn between voluntary and non-guaranteed overtime payments.Dave Prentis, general secretary at Unison, said: “Before today’s judgment, NHS workers who did regular overtime or often worked well beyond their shifts saw a drop in their pay whenever they took a well-deserved break. Leave calculations that weren’t based on the extra shifts and hours they did week in and week out meant many were considerably out of pocket.“Unison always believed that the rules around NHS pay already allowed for overtime and working beyond the end of a shift to be taken into account when calculating holiday pay. Today’s judgment confirms that, but does highlight another pressing problem. The NHS urgently needs to recruit more staff so existing nurses, paramedics and other health workers don’t have to regularly work overtime simply to keep the service afloat.“This is a victory for all those health service workers who regularly go the extra mile to make sure we receive the best care possible at all times of the day and night.”Emlyn Williams, partner, employment, pensions and immigration team at Weightmans, added: “We don’t yet know if this decision will be appealed further by the trust to the Supreme Court. [Employers] may wish to hold back from making changes to the way [they] pay [their] employees until the position is clearer. However, arguably, following such emphatic statements of the law from both the EAT and Court of Appeal, a further successful appeal is unlikely.”
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A water warning will be issued, Thursday, for some Fort Lauderdale residents.Those who live in the Palm Aire community, east of the turnpike, will be affected as crews perform maintenance on water lines, which begins at 10 p.m.Those living between West McNabb and Cypress Creek roads, and Cove Lake Road and 31st Avenue, should boil water used for drinking and cooking until further notice.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) — The three children reported missing in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. have been found safe.An AMBER Alert was issued after 3-year-old Akeem Dorset, 8-year-old Makylah Brown and 10-year-old Aaliyah Brown were reported missing in the area of 800 block of Oleander Street, Friday. **AMBER ALERT UPDATE** The missing grandmother and grandchildren from New Smyrna Beach have been safely located.— NSBPD (@NSBPolice) June 30, 2018The children were located with their 65-year-old grandmother, Venita Porter-Carter, according to New Smyrna Beach Police. The AMBER Alert for Akeem Dorset, Makylah Brown and Aaliyah Brown from New Smyrna Beach has been resolved. The children are safe. Thank you for sharing!— FDLE (@fdlepio) June 30, 2018 Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
“She would like to play with me all the time,” said Michaela’s older sister as she fought back tears.As of Friday night, the girl’s condition was unknown.Back at the scene, cameras captured Michaela’s mother, visibly distraught as she spoke with police officers outside of the complex. Meanwhile, the victim’s younger siblings were seen sitting in the back of a police cruiser.It remains unclear whether anyone will face any charges.“Right now it’s too soon to determine any type of charges, but [the Florida Department of Children and Families] will be notified,” said Santiago.As police continue their investigation, Michaela’s older sister is praying for the girl’s recovery.“That my sister come back and make her alive,” she said. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. LAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – A 5-year-old girl is recovering at the hospital after she fell from the balcony of her fourth floor apartment unit in Lauderhill.Lauderhill Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene along the 1900 block of Northwest 46th Avenue, just after 4:30 p.m., Friday.Officials said the victim, identified as Michaela, and her two younger siblings were being supervised by their 17-year-old sister inside the unit.“There was a 17-year-old family member inside the house with three other juveniles: a 1-year-old, a 4-year-old and a 5-year-old,” said Lauderhill Police Lt. Mike Santiago. “At some point, the 5-year-old somehow got onto the balcony, and there is some furniture on the balcony, and it appears the child just fell off the balcony.”Police said Michaela somehow went over the railing and fell four flights onto the pavement below.Paramedics transported the child to Broward Health Medical Center with serious injuries. Officials said she was breathing but not talking.7News cameras captured paramedics as they took the victim out of the ambulance and into the hospital. She was seen wearing a head and neck brace.
OAKLAND PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities shut down a busy intersection in Oakland Park after making a deadly discovery.According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, a person’s body was found near Northwest 18th Avenue and West Oakland Park Boulevard at around 4:30 a.m., Saturday.Deputies closed down the intersection while they investigated.Investigators have not confirmed whether or not the victim was hit by a car.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
In November, the Kenai Senior Center Administrative staff, prepared and submitted a grant application to the “Subaru 50 Cars for 50 Years Vehicle Donation” and along with Homer Senior Citizens, Inc., were both awarded a 2018 Subaru Outback. Meals on Wheels is a program that delivers meals to individuals on the Kenai Peninsula at home who are unable to purchase or prepare their own meals. According to a release, the new vehicle in Kenai, will provide the program the ability to deliver an approximate 30 additional meals per month to its current 1,980 monthly meal deliveries. All of the proceeds from March for Meals go to benefit the Kenai Senior Center Meals on Wheels program. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Senior Connections presented a $50,000 check at the Kenai City Council meeting on Wednesday, January 3, to benefit the Senior Meals on Wheels program. The $50,000 was funds obtained during the March for Meals fundraiser put on by the Kenai Senior Connection partnered with Kenai Senior Services to raise funds for the “Meals on Wheels” program locally. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-meals-on-wheels-money.mp3VmJennifer-on-meals-on-wheels-money.mp300:00RPd
Playboy magazine expects a 30 percent decline in advertising revenues in the first quarter of 2008, the company told investors today during its fourth quarter earnings call. The company reported $85.9 million total net revenue, down $1.1 million compared to the same period in 2006.Playboy’s publishing group reported $24.7 million in revenue, a $1.5 million segment loss for the quarter. Flat newsstand revenues and lower subscription revenues led to a five percent decline in total circulation revenues to $12.6 million. Advertising revenues declined three percent in the quarter to $8 million.The publishing group’s net revenue in 2007 was $93.8 million, down from $97.1 million in 2006. The grim advertising projection comes on the heels of its Fas-Fax audit statement, released Monday, which shows single copy sales of the magazine fell 35.8 percent during the second half of 2007. Overall, total circulation fell from 3,001,723 to 2,700,262—a 10 percent drop.The overall earnings report included a $1.9 million charge due to the sale of the Andrita television studio, a deal the company expects to be completed in March 2008.Net income for Playboy Enterprises totaled $4.9 million in 2007, more than double the $2.3 million reported in 2006. The company attributed the growth, in part, to its licensing group, which was up 18 percent (to $10.5 million) from $8.9 million the year before.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR In a change of plans, the Army has decided to convert the 2nd Brigade Combat Team (BCT) of the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colo., from an infantry BCT to a Stryker unit. The Army originally was planning to convert the unit to a fully armored BCT and considering the possibility of shifting it to one of four other installations. The Army ultimately found a solution that satisfies Colorado Springs and El Paso, Texas, with officials also announcing that the 1st Armored Division’s 1st BCT at Fort Bliss will convert from a Stryker unit to an armored BCT, reported the Gazette.“We dodged a bullet there,” said Colorado Rep. Doug Lamborn (R). The change will add about 200 soldiers to the 2nd BCT as the unit adds hundreds of 18-ton armored vehicles. It also means Fort Carson’s population will reach 26,000 soldiers after adding an 800-soldier security force assistance brigade announced in May. “This shows that Fort Carson remains a high priority at the Pentagon,” Lamborn said. “It solidifies and entrenches Fort Carson’s position.”The Army’s decision announced Thursday to convert two BCTs to a Stryker and an armored unit comes as the military shifts from a global focus on counterinsurgency warfare to competition against near-peer adversaries such as Russia and China, which have large formations of mechanized ground combat units, reports Army Times. Fort Bliss and Fort Carson were selected to house the two BCTs due to their extensive training areas and their capacity to deploy rapidly, said Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, the Army’s deputy chief of staff for operations.U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Ellen Brabo
Facebook Booker T. Jones’ Memoir On His “Winding, Rocky Road” Due In Fall From the segregated south to Stax Records, Jones’ memoir will trace a life that has impacted all of usPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Apr 26, 2018 – 12:28 pm On April 25 Booker T. Jones announced his long-awaited memoir will appear in print this fall along with an audiobook companion. News Booker T. Jones’ Memoir Coming Out Fall 2018 booker-t-jones-memoir-his-winding-rocky-road-due-fall NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 15, 2015 – 4:57 pm Booker T. Jones Wins Best Pop Instrumental Album Email Twitter Born 1944 in Memphis, Tenn., Jones went on to become one of the great musicians of our time, including leading the Stax Records house band Booker T. & The MG’s that can be heard on many influential records, including Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay.” The group, including Jones, were honored with the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.Jones’ memoir will provide insight into such major accomplishments in his storied career, in addition to early career pitfalls all the way through collaborations with Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, Neil Young, Carlos Santana, and Willie Nelson. We’ll also get behind-the-scenes info on how hits such as 1962’s “Green Onions” (GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, 1999), that Jones recorded at age 18, were made. He will also take readers inside his personal journey, which included growing up in the segregated south.Though the memoir has yet to be given a title, fans are sure to look to his book for tips how his approach to life and music empowered him to make such great contributions.”Had I known in third grade when I started playing my clarinet that one day I would be playing with the likes of B.B. King, Otis Redding or Bob Dylan, I might have been too paralyzed to continue my journey,” Jones said. “But in life, you do things one moment at a time. That’s what I want to share with readers — how each step of my winding, rocky road has led me to where I am today.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”
WILMINGTON, MA — The town’s bylaws prohibit political lawn signs be displayed more than 45 days prior to an election.Chapter 5, Section 4 of the Town Inhabitant Bylaws reads:Temporary political signs may be placed on private property, the size and location of which shall not serve to obstruct the sight of motorists and pedestrians using or occupying the public ways and/or the right of access thereto. Temporary signs may be mounted only upon properly registered and insured motor vehicles. Signs may NOT be exhibited more than 45 days prior to election and MUST be removed within 3 days after the election.Town Manager Jeff Hull issued a statement earlier today, explaining why the town is not removing political lawn signs that have been placed well before the 45 days. It reads:It has been brought to the Town’s attention that election signs for the September state primary have been placed on private property throughout Town. That practice conflicts with Chapter 5, Section 4 of the Town of Wilmington Inhabitant By-Laws which addresses the timing for display of political signs. However, Town Counsel has advised that based upon a recent Supreme Court decision, the Town’s by-law related to political signs is most likely unenforceable. As a consequence, the Town will not be taking any action at this time to enforce that by-law as it relates to the display of election signs.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: DPW & Library Staff, Town Secretaries & Admin Assistants To Receive 7.5% Salary Increase Over 3 YearsIn “Government”Town Counsel Disagrees With McCoy, Rules Petitioned Warrant Articles Are ValidIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”