Have you ever wanted to hunt wild game in South Africa? ASA is offering a chance to bid on an exotic seven day African Plains Game Hunting Trip for two hunters in central South Africa (Bloemfontein Region), operated by White Lions Safari at the ASA Soy Social and Auction, Thursday, Feb. 27 at Commodity Classic in San Antonio, TX.This package includes all hunting licenses and permits needed, except CITES permits. Also included in the package are, pick up and drop off at Bloemfontein Airport (one-hour flight from Johannesburg), all meals, beverages and daily laundry service. All accommodations during the seven days in a luxury lodge include, hunting vehicles as well as back up teams, trackers and field dressing of trophies. Airfare is not included.To register online for the ASA Soy Social and Auction click here. If you register online before Feb. 20, you will be entered in a drawing for a $200 cash gift card. For more information about the ASA Soy Social and Auction and to see what other items are available at the auction, click here.The ASA Soy Social and Auction is sponsored by the following companies and state associations: Farm Credit, Intelliar LLC, REG, Syngenta, Bayer CropScience, MacDon Industries and the Illinois Soybean Association.
ASA’s WISHH Program Executive Director and WISHH Africa Staff Erica Morrow and Josh Neiderman are in Nairobi this week at a conference on trade development, funded by USDA’s Globally Based Initiative (GBI) funding. Five other cooperators are attending the conference along with Morrow and Niederman to promote trade with the U.S. in their respective products, including the American Peanut Council, National Renderers Association, USA Dry Beans Council, USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council and U.S. Grains Council.USDA is making a concerted effort to build trade with Africa, and also present at this week’s meetigns were leaders from USDA-FAS offices in Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa.Almost 100 participants from five African nations participated in the one day conference on food and feedstuffs, and WISHH took the opportunity to meet with supply chain partners and customers of U.S. soy from three countries. Kenya alone imported more than $1 million of U.S. isolated soy protein last year.
With construction scheduled to start in March on a $9.1 million sports field complex in Hazel Dell, the public is being asked to vote on a name for the complex that has been referred to as the Hazel Dell sports fields.“Hazel Dell” isn’t found among the suggested names, as the county already has a park with Hazel Dell in the title.The choices, culled from public suggestions, are: Greater Clark County Sports Park, Greater Vancouver Sports Park, Padden Park, St. Johns Park and Luke Jensen Memorial Park.The last option honors a 9-year-old who died last year after a two-year battle with leukemia.Luke attended King’s Way Christian Schools, where his father, Steve, serves as a principal. The schools are next to the future sports complex and will share sports fields and parking.A primary user of the sports complex will be Salmon Creek Little League. Cliff Yount, vice president of the league, suggested naming the park after Luke.Yount said last year after he suggested the name that he did not know Luke but was touched by the community support the family received throughout Luke’s illness.
Only one name could be counted as a surprise Monday among the people who filed to run for office.Bob Freund, 57, a Battle Ground general contractor, filed as an independent to run for the Board of Clark County Commissioners, District 1. Incumbent Tom Mielke, 70, did not file Monday, but the Republican has said he plans to run for re-election. Ridgefield Democrat Joe Tanner, 65, a business executive and former state lawmaker who announced in March his plans to run against Mielke, did file Monday, the first day of filing week.Other than an unsuccessful bid for county freeholder in 2000 when the county went through the failed home-rule charter process, this marks Freund’s first time running for public office. Freund said he was motivated to run after hearing people express concerns about county permits and fees. He said he wants to try to help small business owners and get the public more engaged in local politics.In the other county commissioner race, Commissioner Marc Boldt, a Republican, filed to keep his District 2 seat. Former Vancouver City Councilor Pat Campbell filed to run against Boldt as an independent.Candidates have until 5 p.m. Friday — 4 p.m. Friday if filing online — to file.Candidates register in person at the Clark County Auditor’s Office, 1408 Franklin St.All 10 Superior Court judges will be on the ballot this year, and eight of them filed Monday. Only one judge, Diane Woolard, drew an opponent. Vancouver attorney Josephine Townsend filed against Woolard, who has been on the bench since 2000. Greg Gonzales, who was recently appointed to the bench, filed to keep his new seat. Incumbents John Wulle, Rich Melnick, Dan Stahnke, Scott Collier, Robert Lewis and Barbara Johnson also filed.
http://legacyhealth.org/windowsafetyhttp://stopat4.comOpen windows can bring a breath of fresh air to homes in the summer months, but local health and safety officials are cautioning parents to beware of dangers they present to children.On Thursday, a 3-year-old boy suffered substantial injuries when he pushed out the screen of a second-story window and landed face-first on a concrete driveway in Bethany, Ore.Nationwide, about 5,200 children age 17 or younger fall out of windows every year, said Sandy Nipper, child safety program coordinator for Legacy Health. Most are 4 years old or younger. Injuries range from scratches and bruises to broken bones, spinal and brain injuries, to severe trauma and death, she said.PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center treated 13 children for falling out of windows in 2011 and six children so far this year, according to hospital spokesman Ken Cole.In the most recent local case, a 3-year-old boy fell from a second-floor window at One Lake Place Condominiums on July 28. The boy, whose name was not released, fell approximately 15 feet from an open window into some bark dust at the Northeast 121st Avenue complex. He was conscious after the fall, but apparently had multiple fractures to his arms and legs, said Kevin Stromberg, a spokesman for the Vancouver Fire Department.
Fire experts Tuesday will be looking for what caused the Sunday morning blaze that destroyed the Thunderbird on the River hotel. The fire caused an estimated $5 million in damage, a Portland Fire & Rescue official said.The National Response Team will be going through the rubble, said Coleen Domenech, resident agent in charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. There were four special agents on the scene Monday and the full team will number 22, Domenech said.She said it was far too early to tell if the fire was deliberately set.Meanwhile, Portland firefighters still were pouring water on hot spots Monday afternoon, and smoke was wafting over the adjacent Interstate 5 Bridge. Twelve firefighters worked the scene Monday, said Ron Rouse, a Washougal resident who’s an inspector with Portland Fire & Rescue.Domenech said the ATF will be working with Portland Fire & Rescue, and a press conference is scheduled for this morning.“They (fire experts) will eliminate all possible causes” to get to the exact cause, Domenech said. She is based in Portland and has been with the ATF for 22 years.“It could take weeks to get results back from the lab,” Domenech said of the investigation.The Thunderbird remains cordoned off with yellow police tape.According to Multnomah County, Ore. property records, the hotel is owned by Thunderbird Hotel LLC with a mailing address of 909 N. Hayden Island Drive c/o Howard N. Dietrich Jr. The Thunderbird is at 1401 N. Hayden Island Drive and the Red Lion Hotel on the River — Jantzen Beach is at 909 N. Hayden Island Drive. Firefighters on Monday continue to hit hot spots on the ruined Thunderbird hotel on Hayden Island, just across the Columbia River from Vancouver. Officials pegged damage at $5 million.
Troopers say an inattentive driver caused a rear-end crash Monday night that sent four people to the hospital.Sondra Carpenter-Thomas, 21, of Camas was driving a 1986 Honda Accord west on state Highway 500 approaching the Northeast 54th Avenue intersection about 8:30 p.m. She became distracted by her dog and did not see that a 1955 Austin-Healey was stopped at the intersection for a red light; she crashed into the car, according to Washington State Patrol.The driver of the Austin-Healey, Craig Steggall, 66, and his passenger, Clair Steggall, 22, both of Vancouver, were taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.Carpenter-Thomas and her passenger, Sierra Hornsby, 18, of Vancouver were also injured and taken to the hospital, according to state patrol.Clair Steggall was listed in satisfactory condition on Tuesday. The others were treated and discharged.Carpenter-Thomas was cited for allegedly speeding, operating a vehicle without insurance, failing to wear a seat belt, having expired tags and driving with a suspended license.Hornsby was also cited for allegedly not wearing a seat belt.
Despite the winter weather, Red Cross donor centers remain open in Vancouver, Portland and Salem, Ore.The Red Cross is asking donors to put their safety first, follow preparedness recommendations and, if they’re able, make their way to a donation center.“Our donor centers will continue to operate because the need for blood does not go away with bad weather conditions,” Daphne Mathew, communications director for the Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region, said in a news release. “Victims of traumatic injury, cancer patients going through chemotherapy and those with chronic blood disorders must have lifesaving blood and platelet transfusions available; they simply cannot wait.”To make a donation appointment, call 800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.
Heavy traffic plagued the commute this morning in Clark County.A crash on the Oregon side of Interstate 205 clogged traffic through state Highway 500, according to Washington State Department of Transportation. Similarly, Interstate 5 and state Highway 14 were both affected by the crash, with I-5 traffic still at a stop-and-go pace to 63rd Street by 9:30 a.m. A few stalled cars and crashes briefly blocked lanes of traffic on Clark County highways, but have since been cleared. To get an up-to-date map of traffic on Clark County highways, visit the Washington State Department of Transportation’s traffic page.
Her departure represents the seventh change to the Wynn Resorts board since February as the fallout from the Steve Wynn saga continues.Sinatra is also a non-executive board member of Wynn Macau. Load More Wynn Resorts has announced that Kim Sinatra will step down from her role as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary on 15 July 2018.Sinatra’s departure is the latest in a string of high profile changes to the Wynn Resorts board since former Chairman and CEO Steve Wynn’s exit in February amid serious sexual misconduct allegations. It also follows her involvement in a campaign by the company’s largest shareholder, Elaine Wynn, to refresh the board ahead of the recent board elections with Ms Wynn claiming that Sinatra was aware of an alleged 2005 incident involving Steve Wynn and a manicurist in a Wynn Resorts salon. Sinatra has denied any such knowledge. Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team RelatedPosts 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm
The extraordinary interest in a Japanese IR industry was on full display in Osaka on Wednesday with a huge audience of local companies and associated industries filling Intex Osaka for the 1st Japan IR Expo 2019.The exhibition provided an opportunity for everyone from global operators such as MGM Resorts, Las Vegas Sands, Galaxy Entertainment Group, Melco Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, Genting Singapore and Wynn Resorts to major Japanese tech firms such as Panasonic and local SMEs to state their case for inclusion in Osaka’s IR development.A cast of thousands wandered the exhibition hall throughout the day, while a full house of around 350 people filled the conference hall from morning to afternoon to watch a series of talks and panel sessions discussing IRs.They included a lengthy afternoon session in which operators presented their case to be Osaka’s chosen IR partner. Among them were Genting boss Tan Hee Teck, Melco Resorts Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho, CEO of MGM Resorts Japan Ed Bowers, Caesars President of International Development Steve Tight, Las Vegas Sands’ Managing Director of Global Development George Tanasijevich and President of Wynn Resorts Development Japan, Chris Gordon.The expo kicked off with a lengthy opening ceremony in the morning attended by key government officials and concluded with a well-attended networking event at the nearby Hyatt-Regency.The 1st Japan IR Expo 2019 continues today.
Chancellor George Osborne (pictured) delivered the Budget 2016 on 16 March. It included a number of key announcements impacting reward and benefits:The government is considering limiting the range of benefits offered through salary sacrifice arrangements. It intends to continue to allow pension saving, childcare and health-related benefits, such as bikes-for-work schemes, to attract tax and national insurance contribution relief when provided through a salary sacrifice arrangement.The government confirmed it will phase in tax-free childcare from early 2017, with parents of the youngest children able to enter into the scheme first. All eligible parents will be brought into the new scheme by the end of 2017. The existing childcare voucher system will remain open to new entrants until April 2018.The government will consult on how to extend shared parental leave and pay to working grandparents. The consultation will launch in May 2016 and will consider options for streamlining the system and the potential to make better use of digital technology.The standard rate of insurance premium tax (IPT) is to rise from 9.5% to 10% from 1 October 2016.The tax-free personal allowance limit will increase from £11,000 in 2016-17 to £11,500 in 2017-18. The higher-rate tax threshold will rise from £43,000 to £45,000 in April 2017.Fuel duty will remain frozen for the sixth consecutive year. The rate of fuel duty will continue at 57.95p per litre for 2016-17.The government is implementing an individual lifetime limit of £100,000 on gains eligible for capital gains tax exemption through employee shareholder status. This applies to employee shareholder status arrangements entered into from 17 March 2016.From April 2017, the government plans to increase income tax and national insurance relief for employer-arranged pension advice from £150 to £500.Employer pension contributions are to increase in the public sector from 2019-20. The increase follows a government review of the discount rate used to set employer contributions to unfunded public service pension schemes; the discount rate is being set at 2.8%.The government is to consult on the introduction of a single, clear definition of financial advice and on the introduction of a pensions advice allowance. The latter would enable savers to withdraw up to £500 tax-free from their defined contribution pension scheme to redeem against the cost of financial advice. The pensions advice allowance would be available to under 55s but the exact age at which savers could make withdrawals will be determined following the consultation.The government is to restructure the Money Advice Service, The Pensions Advisory Service and Pension Wise into two financial guidance providers: a new pensions guidance body and a slimmed-down money guidance body.The government has committed to ensuring that the industry designs, funds and launches a pensions dashboard by 2019.The government will launch the Lifetime individual savings account (Isa) in April 2017. Individuals between the ages of 18 and 40 will be able to open an account and save up to £4,000 a year into the savings vehicle with a 25% government contribution up until their 50th birthday. The savings and government contribution can be used to buy a first home or withdrawn as retirement income after the age of 60. The savings can be withdrawn for alternative purposes at any other time but they will be exempt from the government bonus and will incur a 5% charge.More information on the Budget 2016.
The top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 24 and 30 November 2016 were:How the Autumn Statement 2016 will impact employee benefitsCarlsberg doubles salary for four-hour beer tasting jobPost Office staff to strike in pensions disputeLidl UK to increase pay in line with voluntary living wage33% feel pressure not to take time off work for a doctor’s appointmentEmma Hart: How can organisations spread festive cheer in the workplace?DHL Supply Chain staff to strike over payGovernment consults on executive pay and corporate governanceDo not miss Employee Benefits Wired: maximising pensions potential67% of lawyers would choose flexible working over a 5% pay increase
US security and defence organisation Umbra Applied Technologies (UAT) Group has introduced paid bereavement leave and paid family sick leave as part of its revamped employee benefits package.Under the new bereavement leave policy, employees will be able to take 10 days of paid leave to grieve for an immediate family member, or five days of paid leave to grieve for an extended family member.In addition, employees will also be able to take four weeks of paid leave to care for a sick relative. A new paid family sick time benefit will also enable employees to take three days of leave to care for a family member with a short-term illness, for example a child with a cold.The new benefits form part of a revamp of the organisation’s employee benefits package, which launched on Monday 10 April 2017. The package includes health and wellbeing benefits, medical, dental and eyecare benefits, and a retirement savings plan.The organisation is also looking to expand its benefits offering further to include short-term and long-term disability benefits, basic and supplemental life insurance, personal accident insurance, a workplace pension plan, additional retirement and savings programmes, an employee assistance programme (EAP), an employee stock purchase plan, an educational assistance programme, and an employee discount scheme.UAT Group is also reviewing an employer-funded employee stock ownership plan, which allocates stock to retirement accounts for eligible employees at the end of each fiscal year.The organisation also offers 10 weeks of paid parental leave for both mothers and fathers.Alex Umbra, chief executive officer at UAT Group, said: “UAT Group is looking to bolster its focus on corporate culture and work environment by offering a competitive benefits package with unique incentive programmes and rewards, not just for the individual team member but for project teams as a collective.“I believe that if [an organisation] demonstrates its genuine concern for its team then the team in turn will reciprocate. Thus far, this ethos has served the [organisation] well as evident in our employee retention rate.”Thomas L. Crom III, chief financial officer at UAT Group, added: “While benefit plans can be a key element in attracting and retaining talented employees, at UAT Group it is more than that. We believe that if someone is going to commit much of their time to this [organisation] then we owe it to them to not just show appreciation for their commitment, but we should do everything we can as [an organisation] to care for them as they do us.”
EXCLUSIVE: Global employee engagement and HR technology provider Reward Gateway announced today (17 July 2018) that it has acquired Brand Integrity, an employee engagement specialist operating from Rochester, New York.Brand Integrity, founded in 2002, is an employee engagement technology and consulting organisation that works with clients across 25 industries, including Rite-Aid, Constellation Brands and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. These will now be added to Reward Gateway’s client roster, which includes IBM, Macdonald’s, Unilever and Samsung. The acquisition will more than double Reward Gateway’s team in the US. The combined group will operate under the Reward Gateway brand, with more than 400 employees, servicing 1,800 clients and 4 million end-users globally. The deal value was not announced, but comprised cash and stock.Gregg Lederman (pictured, right), founder and chief executive officer of Brand Integrity, will join the executive board as president of employee engagement. Brand Integrity’s 25 Rochester-based employees will work alongside staff in Boston to serve the organisation’s American clients.Doug Butler (pictured, left), chief executive officer at Reward Gateway, said: “We’ve been investing heavily in the US market since we established our Boston headquarters earlier this year, and this acquisition underlines our commitment.“Brand Integrity has an excellent team, product set, and great client relationships, resulting in employee engagement scores three times the global average. We couldn’t be more excited to be working with the Brand Integrity team to bring our broader product offering and support resources to their clients, and their in-depth knowledge and winning service formula to ours.”Lederman added: “This completes a two-year search for a new home and partner for us. We met many companies and were fortunate to have several offers, but the fit with Reward Gateway was absolutely the best. I’m truly excited to experience the next chapter with our clients and employees.”
The Scottish government has announced that it will award its employees a minimum consolidated pay increase of 3% for 2019.Some employees will receive a higher pay award due to progression payments, while staff earning the maximum available wage will gain an additional 1% non-consolidated payment.The pay deal was agreed with trade unions Prospect, the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) and the FDA, which represents managers and professionals working within public services.Prospect expects the pay rise to be effective from July 2019, including backdated pay from April 2019.Richard Hardy, negotiator at Prospect, said: “We’ve expressed on numerous occasions our disappointment about the failure to make a real start on pay restoration for staff employed at Scottish government, but we recognise that there are constraints on what the Scottish government can afford.“However, this pay rise at least ensures that members do not fall further behind in real wage terms and represents another substantial improvement over what our members employed by Westminster will receive. This is another indication of the influence of unions in Scotland.”
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are looking for a man accused of holding up a bank in Fort Lauderdale.The FBI released surveillance images the robber, wearing a hat and sweatshirt when he used a gun to demand money from a teller.It all happened, Saturday, at a Chase branch along North Federal Highway, near Northwest 18th Street.The robber took off and police now need the public’s help in identifying him.If you have any information on this crime, 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.
MIAMI (WSVN) – Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle was sworn in, Thursday, to serve yet another term.She has held the position since 1993 and won re-election in November.The ceremony took place at Miami-Dade College’s Wolfson Auditorium.The oath was administered not only to her but to her 300 prosecutors, as well.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
NORTH LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – An armed robber held a South Florida business at gunpoint for cash and scratch-off tickets.Surveillance cameras rolled as the thief used his gun to demand cash from the register and a roll of scratch- off tickets, Thursday.The clerk complied before the robber fled the Mobile gas station on Kimberly Boulevard and Southwest 71st Avenue in North Lauderdale.If you have any information on this robbery, 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.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a shooter after a man was fatally gunned down in a Fort Lauderdale neighborhood.Fort Lauderdale Police responded to the scene near Northwest 13th Avenue and Fourth Street, just after 9 p.m., Saturday.Officials said 28-year-old Roy Palarchie was shot multiple times in front of his house. He was pronounced dead at the scene.Investigators have not provided any details about the gunman.If you have any information on this 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.