first_imgInformation provided by a USDA news release. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is contacting 25,000 farmers and ranchers now through August to take part in a national survey that will more accurately measure the environmental benefits associated with implementation and installation of conservation practices on agricultural land.The results will help further develop the science-based solutions for managing the agricultural landscape to improve environmental quality.The American Soybean Association (ASA) encourages soy growers who are contacted to participate in the survey.By documenting the work of America’s farmers to conserve natural resources while producing the food, fuel and fiber the world requires, participating farmers and ranchers support the case for continued science-based conservation programs that protect natural resources while supporting farm-related jobs. Survey results will guide USDA conservation policy and program development and help conservationists, farmers and ranchers more efficiently and effectively conserve natural resources.In addition to helping determine the effectiveness of existing conservation practices, CEAP analysis also provides estimates of resources farmers may need to further protect the soil, water and related resources. Additional information about CEAP is available at the Conservation Effects Assessment Project survey web page.“The survey gives farmers and ranchers the power to provide a more complete and accurate picture of the conservation practices on their operations,” said NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer. “If contacted, I encourage farmers and ranchers to participate. Their collective responses can directly benefit themselves and all producers by helping leaders focus on what producers need to install conservation practices that are best for their operations environmentally and financially.”NASS conducts the National Resources Inventory Conservation Effects Assessment Project (NRI-CEAP) survey under a cooperative agreement with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). NRI-CEAP results help determine not only the effectiveness of existing conservation practices but also what resources farmers may need to further protect the soil, water and related resources in selected watersheds and to document on-farm conservation accomplishments.For example, a recent CEAP report for the Western Lake Erie Basin shows voluntary conservation is making significant headway in reducing nutrient and sediment loss from farms, but there is opportunity to improve conservation management across the basin and no single conservation solution will meet the needs of every field and farm. Based on that report, it is estimated that the new Western Lake Erie Basin Initiative will help landowners reduce phosphorus runoff from farms by more than 640,000 pounds each year and reduce sediment loss by over 260,000 tons over the course of a three-year investment.The NRI-CEAP survey will be conducted in two parts. In the first survey, which is shorter, NASS will determine eligibility for the more in-depth survey that will take place between October 2016 and February 2017. The privacy of all respondents is safeguarded, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified, as required by Federal law.last_img read more

first_imgFollowing reports of cloudy drinking water, city of Vancouver crews flushed water lines in the Ellsworth area Tuesday afternoon. Any sediment that had been in the system should be mostly gone, said Loretta Callahan, a spokeswoman with the city’s public works department.The city believes a problem with an electronic valve caused faster-than-usual flows that stirred up sediment at the bottom of the main water line between about Northwest 97th and Northeast 129th avenues. About a dozen households in the area reported sediment in their water as a result, according to the city. Crews flushed the lines out at hydrants.Nothing in the water posed any health risk, Callahan said.Residents who still see sediment in their water can run an outside faucet or hose for a few minutes to clear it out, Callahan said. They may also call the city’s operations center at 360-696-8177 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, or 360-693-9302 after hours.last_img read more

first_imgBLACKSBURG, Va. — A gunman killed a Virginia Tech police officer Thursday at a campus parking lot and then apparently shot himself to death nearby in an attack that shook the school nearly five years after it was the scene of the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history.The shooting took place on the same day Virginia Tech officials were in Washington, fighting a government fine over their alleged mishandling of the 2007 bloodbath where 33 people were killed. Before it became clear that the gunman in Thursday’s attack was dead, the school applied the lessons learned during the last tragedy, locking down the campus and using a high-tech alert system to warn students and faculty members to stay indoors.“In light of the turmoil and trauma and the tragedy suffered by this campus by guns, I can only say words don’t describe our feelings and they’re elusive at this point in time,” university president Charles Steger said. “Our hearts are broken again for the family of our police officer.” The officer, identified late Thursday as 39-year-old Deriek W. Crouse of Christiansburg, was killed after pulling a driver over in a traffic stop. Police said a gunman — who was not involved in the traffic stop — walked into the parking lot and ambushed the officer.Shortly after, police found in a parking lot a man with a gunshot wound and a gun nearby. Authorities said he is suspected in the officer’s slaying.last_img read more

first_imgGerry Matthieu revisits the scene of a Sept. 8 attack by a dog at Greyhawk Community Park on Thursday. Matthieu lost his right pinky finger in the incident. Greeting a group of women cost Gerry Matthieu one of his fingers.Matthieu, 78, was on one of his daily outings to Greyhawk Park in the Pleasant Highlands neighborhood near his home on Sept. 8. When he lifted his hand to wave to three women walking a black Labrador mix, the leashed dog lunged at him, latching onto his thighs, knee and hand. Next thing Matthieu knew, he was lying in the grass with his pinky finger detached in the palm of his hand.“I guess he didn’t speak English,” the man said. “I was saying, ‘Good morning.’”Matthieu, who has kept a lot of dogs in his lifetime — most recently a miniature Alaskan husky — said he doesn’t want to press charges against the dog’s owner. After finding out the dog was involved in a similar incident two years ago — something its owner allegedly didn’t share with him — he agreed to give investigators information that can help build a case to have the dog labeled as dangerous.When the incident happened, the dog was being walked by three women who were visiting its owner, Matthieu said.“I’m not mad at them and I’m not mad at their dog,” he said. “These things happen.”Matthieu was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, where doctors removed what was left of his pinky finger. They bandaged bruises and scratches on his legs.The dog was initially placed on in-home quarantine after the incident. Such measures are taken to see if the animal has rabies, said Clark County Animal Control officer Bill Burrus, who is investigating the case.If a domestic animal is bitten by a rabid animal, it won’t live more than five or six days, he said. So if a dog lives through the quarantine period, it doesn’t have rabies. If it dies, it will be tested for rabies to determine if the victim will need to get a series of rabies shots. A rabies test cannot be performed on a live animal, Burrus said.last_img read more

first_imgRunners take part in the 7th annual Girlfriends Half Marathon on Sunday in Downtown Vancouver. Proceeds from the 13.1 mile run will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Kearney Breast Center. Find more information on breast cancer, its impact on the community and the stories of individuals battling the disease on The Columbian’s Breast Cancer page.An estimated 1,800 women ran for a cause Sunday in the seventh Girlfriends Half Marathon. Organizer Sherri McMillan of Northwest Personal Fitness in downtown Vancouver said the event raised more than $20,000 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure and about $5,000 for the Childrens Center in Vancouver. Also, six men dubbed the Pink Brigade raised $11,000 for the Kearney Breast Center at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. The course took runners through Vancouver Barracks and east to Wintler Park. The women paid $65 to $80 each to participate. McMillan said she had nearly 50 sponsors and 300 volunteers. “It felt very positive and inspiring having all those women together supporting each other,” she said. Brittney Forster of Beaverton, Ore, won the 13.1-mile race with a time of 1:29:36.last_img read more

first_imgIt is one of the most prestigious honors in high school sports, and Reilly Hennessey found out about it all alone, after practice Thursday evening, checking his Twitter, when some guy from Tennessee he had never heard of broke the news.Reilly Hennessey, quarterback from Camas, is the Gatorade Washington Football Player of the Year. “Wow, this isn’t happening,” Hennessey said to himself as he looked at the link provided by that person from Tennessee.Oh yes it is.Hennessey became the first player from Camas to claim the honor and second from Clark County. Travis Claridge of Fort Vancouver was named the state player of the year in 1996.By being named the state POY, Hennessey is nominated for the national player of the year. Last year, Skyline quarterback Max Browne took the national honor. That is all Hennessey knew about the Gatorade award, from Browne’s performance. “I didn’t even know I was up for it,” said Hennessey, an Eastern Washington University commit. “My coach nominated me. My dad sent the transcripts. It honestly never crossed my mind.”The award, according to a press release from Gatorade, recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field.last_img read more

first_imgVancouver-based take-and-bake pizza chain Papa Murphy’s International has filed an initial public stock offering to raise up to $70 million, according to a Tuesday filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined.Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc. has applied for the ticker symbol “FRSH,” according to the filing.As of Dec. 30, the chain had 1,418 stores system wide, including 1,349 franchise stores and 69 stores owned by the company. The stores on average generated positive sales growth in 35 out of 40 quarters through 2013, according to the regulatory filing. That translated to $80.5 million in total revenue for fiscal year 2013, up from $66.9 million in 2012. Those revenues were divided almost equally between company-owned and franchised stores.The filing says Lee Equity Partners owns 65 percent of the outstanding capital stock in the company. The New York-based company purchased those shares from majority owner Charlesbank Capital Partners for an undisclosed price in 2010. The filing doesn’t say whether Lee Equity or two other investors that own more than 5 percent of the company will be selling any shares of the company. Investors in the company in October received $31.5 million in dividends in addition to $36 million the previous year.Papa Murphy’s was launched in 1995 with a merger between take-and-bake concepts Hillsboro, Ore.-based Papa Aldo’s and Murphy’s Pizza, started in Petaluma, Calif. Papa Murphy’s operates 142 stores in Washington and 96 stores in Oregon.last_img read more

first_imgMacau’s casinos have rebounded strongly from the struggles of September, with the average daily rate (ADR) during Golden Week coming in at around MOP$1.3 billion according to analysts at brokerage house Sanford C Bernstein.As outlined in a Monday note from Bernstein’s Vitaly Umansky and Kelsey Zhu, the combined month-to-date ADR figure of MOP$9.1 billion represents a 78% increase on September ADR, 52% increase on August and 23% year-on-year increase on October 2017. Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August RelatedPosts Load More New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm The figures were aided by Golden Week, which saw total visitation grow 7.2% year-on-year to 895,242 across the first seven days of the month. As a result, Bernstein estimates mass volume to be up between 22% and 23% year-on-year and VIP volume by around 15%.“Other than visitation growth, better quality players helped drove VIP and mass GGR growth,” Umansky and Zhu said.Bernstein predicts year-on-year growth for the month of October to grow between 5% and 8% based on more modest ADR of MOP$790 million to MOP$820 million for the remainder, with the results to be anxiously awaited after Typhoon Mangkhut saw Macau’s September gaming revenue grow just 2.8% year-on-year to MOP$21.9 billion.last_img read more

first_img Constance Hsu appointed Group COO of Sihanoukville’s Jin Bei Group Macau-based electronic gaming equipment distributor Asia Pioneer Entertainment (APE) booked a 361% increase in net profit to HK$20.7 million for the year ended 31 December 2018, buoyed by increasing business across Southeast Asia.Revenue of the group grew 27% year-on-year to HK$109.6 million, including HK$65.6 million from the technical sales and distribution of EGEs, HK$3.7 million from the sale of spare parts, HK$8.5 million from consultancy and technical services and HK$2.5 million from the sales of refurbished EGMs. Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gambling RelatedPosts 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status While APE’s largest segment – technical sales and distribution – saw a 10% decline on 2017 numbers, the final revenue figure was boosted significantly by two lease sales made in Cambodia and the Philippines totaling HK$30.4 million, the company said.It also noted that Southeast Asia would continue to present the key growth opportunities in 2019, stating those markets “are growing quicker than Macau SAR.“In particular, Suncity’s new casino opening in Hoi An in Vietnam and growth in new casino resorts in the Philippines and Cambodia have potential to bring new business to the group,” APE added.“In Macau SAR, which continues to be the core market for the group, there will be the opening of two new planned casinos, namely Grand Lisboa Palace and Lisboeta both in Cotai, which can bring new revenue opportunities to the group.” Load Morelast_img read more

first_imgSheffield-based healthcare organisation B Braun Medical has hosted a learning and personal development week for its 1,400 employees.The Learnfest Week, which was held between 11 and 15 June 2018, was designed to encourage employees towards lifelong learning opportunities, support personal development and drive improvements in productivity.Over the course of the week, employees were able to participate in a range of activities and classes. These included knitting competitions, mindfulness workshops, brain teaser puzzles and a ‘test yourself’ session.The organisation also held classes on innovation techniques, time management and computer skills, and hosted a ‘drum up some music’ event.Sam Fairbanks, learning and development adviser at B Braun Medical, said: “This is the third time that we’ve run Learnfest and the week has been another great success. Every year, we try and make it as diverse as we can by incorporating different aspects and ensuring there’s something for everyone.“It’s been so much fun, at one point we even had break dancers getting people up from their desks to join in with some dancing. It’s a great way of getting people up and about and trying something a bit different at work.“This time around we also wanted to incorporate activities we felt were essential to not only support our employees but to help drive our business goals. For example, we included a full patient pathway experience so our employees could understand all the elements that are crucial within our support of the [National Health Service] and the growing demands it faces, and held sessions by guest speakers who were able to inspire and engage on key topics for our industry.”last_img read more

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (WSVN) –Police have two students in custody who fled from Miami Carol City Senior High School and ran toward a field. Police believe at least one of them may have carried a gun.According to the school board, late Friday morning, the school received phone calls about students who were suspiciously exchanging book bags. The school immediately called police, who then responded to the scene.Once several Miami-Dade Schools Police units and administrators arrived, the two students were questioned. As they were being questioned, the students suddenly fled and ran onto the school’s baseball field. According to the school board, at least one of the students ran into a nearby neighborhood. Nearly an hour later, the two students were detained. They are being questioned at this time.At some point, police believe, there was a third student involved, which is what prompted police to put up a perimeter in search of the supposed third student. “I was in the automotive class, and next thing you know you just see two helicopters flying around and you just see cops,” said a student who witnessed the search before his school was placed on lockdown.Carol City High School, Carol City Middle School, and Carol City Elementary School were then all locked down during the search for the third student, but the lockdowns were soon lifted. “They said we’re doing a code red,” said a student.“Being on lockdown, like, it was really scary, because I was in the bathroom,” said another student. “So, it was just very scary for me.”It has since been determined that there was no third student involved. K-9 police officers were sent to search the area, but no weapons have been found.Students and faculty continued their school day as they normally would, but it was definitely a day full of excitement. “It has just been crazy all around the school,” said another student. “Rumors being passed around, different kinds of rumors, it’s going all the way around the school.”The investigation remains ongoing.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_img(WSVN) – Consumers who bought electronics with lithium-ion batteries, including a phone or laptop, may get a piece of a nearly $45 million class action lawsuit.According to Fox 32, a recent class action lawsuit on behalf of consumers has been settled with LG, NEC and Hitachi Maxell for products containing lithium-ion cylindrical batteries. These products range from power tools, camcorders, laptops and replacement batteries.The class action lawsuit had accused the three manufactures of forcing consumers to pay more for certain products that contained those cylindrical batteries.The three companies agreed to settle for nearly $45 million.Those who believe they were affected should click here. To qualify, consumers should have purchased one or more of the products listed and have been a U.S. resident between Jan. 1, 2000 and May 31, 2011.Those who have yet to sign-up for the claim have until Nov. 29 to register. Payments are expected to begin in February or May.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – An 11th patient from a nursing home in Hollywood has died, more than one week after the facility lost its air conditioning during Hurricane Irma, officials said.Friday afternoon, the Broward County Office of Medical Examiner and Trauma Services confirmed 94-year-old Alice Thomas passed away.Thomas and the other victims were evacuated from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Hollywood in the aftermath of the storm. Shortly after, video surfaced showing residents at the home living in sweltering conditions.The first eight patients died Sept. 13, three days after Irma struck. A ninth died Tuesday, and a 10th victim died on Thursday.The Hollywood Police Department is conducting a criminal investigation into the deaths.Officials said the victims’ cause of death are yet to be determined and will not be announced until toxicology tests are completed.The state has revoked the facility’s license while the owners have sued the state to block its actions. The home is currently suing to get its license back. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgThe rally came as the Department of Homeland Security announced that Haitians will no longer be eligible for temporary work visas, citing high levels of fraud and abuse.“This is wrong. This is cruel and inhumane because these are people who have been living here, who are working, who are gainfully employed, and whose nations are in turmoil,” said Marleine Bastien, of the Haitian Women of Miami.Maria Rodriguez with the Florida Immigrant Coalition was one of the organizers for the rally.“We need a fix for the 12 million people and families who’ve been living as second-class citizens – part of our economy, part of our community but are being criminalized,” Rodriguez said. “This week, Senator [Marco] Rubio has an opportunity to stand with Floridians who are victims of the detention deportation machinery and who are vulnerable to deportations. We’re asking for a fix. For the dreamers, 800,000 of them, for the TPS holders, 235,000 of them, many of them Haitians, Salvadorians, Hondurans. These are Floridians who deserve an opportunity to become legal, permanent residents and eventually citizens.”Some people 7News spoke with said they took issue with the anti-immigrant rhetoric that came from the White House earlier this week.“The broken immigration system is not much different from the broken criminal justice system, and in many ways, the broken economic system,” Rodriguez said. “Our communities are being criminalized. These are farm workers, hotel workers – these are integral to our community in Florida, and it’s a disgrace that we don’t have the right leadership at the local, state or federal level to advocate and push for a reform that will acknowledge the value that immigrants and immigration to our state.”Many of the immigration advocates said they would like to see congress move forward with some type of legislation within the next month. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Downtown Miami to march in an immigration rally.A crowd could be seen walking near Southwest Second Avenue and First Street, Wednesday afternoon. Traffic was brought to a standstill along Brickell Avenue as more than 100 demonstrators took to the streets.Protesters started at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center around 6 p.m. to make their voices heard about immigration in the United States.Now they’re calling on local lawmakers and their representatives in Congress to come up with a comprehensive plan to solve the immigration issue.They want change in the Temporary Protected Status program as well as changes in the DACA policy of the Trump administration.“I knew that the program was temporary. I already knew I was at risk, just like I was before,” said DACA recipient Margarito Cruz. “That’s why I’m here to fight for permanent protection for all.”Many demonstrators also took issue with Trump’s comments concerning immigrants from Haiti and African countries. last_img read more

first_imgBOCA RATON, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida woman says she was shocked when she spotted two iguanas duking it out in the parking lot of a Starbucks in Boca Raton over the weekend.Shannon Moskoff captured video that shows the large reptiles fighting for over a minute, as she and a friend tried to figure out what is happening.Moskoff said that she didn’t know how the fight ended since other cars were behind her.Watch the video below:Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce honored the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade at its annual “Salute to Business” ceremony.The nonprofit organization was recognized for excellence in the marine and entertainment industry, Thursday evening.Winterfest is best known for its extravagant boat parade, bringing together the community and visitors from around the world.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

first_imgDeclines were largest in Skagway and the Denali Borough, which are both gearing up for a busy visitor season, according to the State Labor Department. April was the 31st consecutive month Alaska has lost jobs, making this a longer downturn than in the 1980s, when a deep state recession led to 25 straight months of job loss. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The State Labor Department released the preliminary estimates showing April employment was down by 1,200, or 0.4 percent compared to April 2017. Although employment losses have lasted longer this time, they were deeper in the 1980s. The comparable national unemployment rate was 3.9 percent, the lowest it has been since 2000. The construction sector held steady in April, with no further job losses. Oil and Gas lost another 500 jobs, while the retail sector loss 600 jobs with the closure of some major national chains.last_img read more

first_imgJason R. Raymond, 36, allegedly started the fire in a restroom stall. According to an affidavit filed with the court, multiple witnesses reported seeing Raymond go into the restroom just before the fire started. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers responded to a fire in the women’s bathroom at Soldotna Creek Park on Saturday, May 26. When contacted by the Troopers, Raymond was found to be in possession of two lighters and was covered in soot. According to court documents, Raymond denies starting the fire. When Troopers responded they found saw heavy black smoke and flames coming from one of the bathroom stalls. According to court documents, the damages to the bathroom from the fire were estimated at more than $750. Raymond faces charges of second degree arson, second-degree criminally negligent burning, and third-degree criminal mischief.last_img read more

first_imgThe Alaska LNG Project is an integrated pipeline project that includes a treatment facility on the North Slope of Alaska, an 800-mile long pipeline, five off-take points for natural gas for in-state residential and commercial use, and a liquefaction facility at tidewater. Republican Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer announced the investment Thursday at an oil and gas conference in Anchorage, stating that the investment by BP and ExxonMobil is intended to achieve a key federal permit next year. Two companies – ExxonMobil and BP – will each contribute $10 million toward the completion of the Alaska LNG project’s FERC permitting process. The AGDC announced in March that it has signed an agreement with BP and ExxonMobil to collaborate on ways to advance the Alaska LNG project, and now have investment from the companies to back it. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) announced a funding agreement to help complete the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) permitting process for the Alaska LNG project.center_img U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: “This is a welcome announcement and an important step for the Alaska LNG project, as they can now have confidence they have the resources to complete the FERC process. I appreciate this commitment and urge all involved parties to work closely with FERC to complete final permit review as soon as possible.” It is the nation’s largest energy infrastructure project in planning and permitting.last_img read more

first_imgAn air quality advisory has been issued until Monday, June 24 for southcentral Alaska for smoke conditions related to current fire operations. The Department of Environmental Conservation advises people with respiratory or heart disease problems to avoid smoke impacted areas. Kale Casey with the State Division of Forestry: “The southwest corner of the fire, which burned off a couple days ago and created that heavy smoke, that held yesterday during those winds. That is the best news we have for the community of Sterling is that corner is holding.”  Crews are working to establish and connect fire lines in the Mystery Creek Road area as the fire continues to burn through the thick black spruce stands in a southeasterly direction. Fog and heavy Smoke Caused delays on Sterling Highway early this morning near Mystery Creek Road.  The eastern flank of the fire east of Mystery Creek Road continued to move east in a long narrow finger and is now approximately 4 miles from the Sterling Highway. Casey: “During the early morning hours today the Sterling Highway was impacted by heavy fog from the marine layer and heavy thick smoke from the black spruce stand burning east of Mystery Creek Road. Law Enforcement temporarily closed the highway between mileposts 63-70 after a minor vehicle accident and utilized pilot cars as soon as the road conditions improved. Motorists should expect delays and are encouraged to be patient and drive cautiously while traversing the Sterling Highway.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Swan Lake Fire has grown and is now estimated at roughly 22,847 acres as of Friday with 291 personnel.  The primary growth has been towards the eastern flanks. Hotshot crews from the Lower 48 are working today to aggressively establish control lines with the highest probability of success, according to Casey.last_img read more