Participants learn how to make tofu as part of the workshop. Photo Credit: WISHHOn May 12 and 13 the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) program and Guatemalan partner Proximos Pasos, hosted a soy products seminar entitled, “Soy Dairy: Production, Uses and Benefits.” ASA/WISHH Latin America Program Manager Liz Hare was in attendance with over 45 other participants. Individuals representing a variety of Guatemalan organizations and businesses currently working with, or interested in working with soy were included.
For the 75th time, the Irish flag Thursday morning was hoisted in front of the Clark County Courthouse to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day. The tradition was started in 1936 by Denny Lane, who was Vancouver’s first constable and lived off Seventh Street, just blocks from the courthouse. As the flag went up in the air, all eyes turned toward 2-year-old Kennedy Klein. It’ll be up to the “grandchildren and great-grandchildren before long to carry the tradition on,” said Mike Klein, 62, one of Lane’s grandchildren. Kennedy, in white pants dotted with green, a pink raincoat and green ribbons tied around her pigtails, was all smiles, despite the chilly, rainy morning. About 30 members of Lane’s family gathered around the flagpole on the south lawn of the courthouse at 9 a.m., sending the green, white and orange Irish flag to the top of the pole, usually reserved solely for the American flag.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington State Patrol troopers and inspectors checked nearly 1,200 commercial vehicles during last week’s three-day “Roadcheck 2011.”The patrol says they issued nearly 1,800 tickets for violations, took 214 vehicles out of service for safety violations and removed 43 drivers from behind the wheel, mostly for record of duty violations. One driver was arrested for drunken driving and two had suspended licenses.
After seven months rife with turnover in the town’s government, Yacolt’s three mayoral candidates hope to bring stability to Clark County’s smallest incorporated area.Yacolt’s town council has appointed three new council members and a new mayor, James Weldon, in 2011. The changes stemmed from the death of one member (Ron Madler), a member’s becoming town clerk (Cindy Marbut) and Weldon’s taking over for former Mayor Joe Warren, who resigned in March due to unspecified health concerns.Weldon, recently appointed council member Skip Benge, and Jeff Carothers — who unsuccessfully sought appointment to the council three times this year — are the three candidates seeking the mayor’s seat this fall. Unlike in larger communities with city managers, Yacolt’s mayor is responsible for overseeing town operations in the community of 1,566 people.The primary election is Aug. 16. Unless one candidate receives more than 50 percent of the primary vote, the top two finishers will face off in the Nov. 8 election.The Yacolt Town Council appointed Weldon as mayor April 4. Warren, who had served since 2005, stepped down March 7, citing “personal reasons beyond my control.”Warren resigned one week after a state audit reported the town violated state law by purchasing materials from a town employee without a competitive bidding process. He vehemently denied the timing of his resignation had anything to do with the audit.
The city of Woodland is considering contracting with Clark County Fire and Rescue in hopes of streamlining costs and providing more efficient services, city officials said.But before the two sides can come to an agreement, Woodland officials will have to decide whether the city has the available money in its budget to pay for a public safety upgrade.As Woodland’s call volume increased 20 percent in the past three years, the city’s financing of its fire department has remained “somewhat underfunded,” Fire Chief Michael Jackson said.A paid arrangement with Clark County Fire and Rescue would improve staffing, ambulatory services and training, but it remains uncertain whether the city can afford spending between $120,000 to $140,000 in 2012 on such a contract. The city would have to decide between the need to repair roads and the need for better fire and ambulatory services, for instance, said Benjamin Fredricks, chairman of the city’s finance committee.Should the paid arrangement happen it would be the first step toward a regional fire authority in north Clark County that would consolidate fire operations and costs for all involved, Woodland officials said.
Globalization. Technology. Globalization. Technology.It’s a mantra you hear in certain media, business and economic policy circles to explain why income inequality has ballooned in the United States.The assertion behind it is that new technologies and the worldwide abundance of highly-skilled workers are the drivers of the widening gap between the richest 1 percent and everyone else.It’s a tidy notion with a sense of inevitability, too. You almost want to resign to it, maybe even blame yourself for failing to get with the techno-globalization program.Only, it doesn’t explain what’s actually happening.Shredding the mantra is a new research paper, “The Top 1 Percent in International and Historical Perspective,” released in May and authored by four economists: Facundo Alvaredo, Anthony B. Atkinson, Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez.If it’s true that global markets and technological advances are the main causes of the broadening wealth gap in the U.S., then most other similarly advanced, industrialized nations should be experiencing the same trend.
Tonight’s “First Thursday” program sponsored by the Clark County Historical Museum has been cancelled because of the weather.According to a news release, museum officials will make an announcement when the event – “Labor: The History of Work and Workers in the Pacific Northwest” – is rescheduled.
A Battle Ground man who allegedly cut his mother’s throat while she was preparing a meal has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.Vladimir Tkachuk, 36, will be sent to Western State Hospital for the evaluation, which will determine whether he’s mentally competent to stand trial.His mother, Dina Tkachuk, 54, survived the attack.Clark County Superior Court Judge Barbara Johnson ordered the evaluation at the request of Tkachuk’s court-appointed attorney, Chuck Buckley Jr.Tkachuk has been in the Clark County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail since his arrest March 28.He may not be arraigned on charges of second-degree attempted murder and third-degree assault until he is found competent. Mentally competent, by definition of the law, is the ability to assist in one’s own defense. Someone may be legally competent and still have a mental illness.Court records indicate that Tkachuk reported he has been diagnosed with schizophrenia.Dina Tkachuk sustained a 3- to 4-inch laceration on her neck and one on her cheek in the attack, according to court records. She was treated at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.The defendant’s 15-year-old sister, Kristina Tkachuk, said she heard their mother scream about noon March 28. She went into the kitchen and saw her mother lying on the floor bleeding. Vladimir Tkachuk was standing over her holding a knife, according to court records. Kristina Tkachuk said she took the knife away from him; her finger was cut in the process. She then tried but failed to push him out of the house, she said. When she called 911, she said, Tkachuk grabbed a steak knife.A neighbor, Nina Zabolotskaya, said she also heard screaming and knocked on the family’s door to see what was the matter. When the neighbor entered the house, Vladimir Tkachuk “completely changed,” Kristina Tkachuk said. He started saying, “Mama, forgive me, forgive me,” according to court records.
If the Highway Trust Fund becomes insolvent this summer, it could delay or temporarily shelve dozens of federally funded projects in Washington, according to the state Department of Transportation. Among those is a planned paving project on Interstate 5 between Northeast 39th and 99th streets in Clark County.There are 43 Washington highway projects totaling $29 million that could be impacted by the federal shortfall. The I-5 paving in Clark County accounts for about $950,000 of that. The state typically receives reimbursements for projects that are federally funded, and the crisis could throw schedules into turmoil during the height of the construction season.The area’s largest highway projects, such as the $133 million Salmon Creek Interchange Project at I-5 and Interstate 205, are paid for by state gas taxes and thus not connected to the federal Highway Trust Fund.A WSDOT spokesman said last month the agency is “cautiously optimistic” that Congress will act in time to keep the fund from running out of money.— Eric FloripWASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that it would start limiting payments to states for road and transit projects next month in an attempt to conserve the federal Highway Trust Fund’s rapidly diminishing cash balance.
Will the sun shine for the final weekend of the Clark County Fair? Check the forecast here.Atkins, Gardner advance in Clark County sheriff’s raceAfter a months-long battle for sheriff, the likes of which Clark County voters hadn’t seen in decades, former Commander Chuck Atkins and community outreach Sgt. Shane Gardner emerged from Tuesday’s primary. They will face each other in November’s general election.The two candidates bested retired sheriff’s Commander John Graser and former Detective Ed Owens. As of Tuesday evening, Atkins had received 41.48 percent of the vote to Gardner’s 31.98 percent, with overall voter turnout of 21.95 percent. While most candidates gathered at the county’s Public Service Building, Atkins watched from a friend’s house as the returns were announced. He said by phone the primary was only the first step in advancing toward the sheriff’s office.“I am very happy with the numbers,” he said. “They are kind of in the area I was hoping for.”He said he would not change his message as he continues campaigning.Gardner said he was humbled by the primary election’s outcome. He’s running as a nonpartisan candidate but was uncertain how that would play in the conservative county. Atkins is running as a Republican.
Incumbent 14th Legislative District Rep. Norm Johnson won’t necessarily be handed his seat in the general election after all. Leading up to the primary, the three-term Republican from Yakima looked to be running unopposed to hold onto his Position 1 seat. But Yakima attorney Michael Scott Brumback came late to the race as a write-in candidate, and according to the Secretary of State’s office he picked up enough votes to challenge Johnson on the November ballot. The district spans a large swath of Central Washington, including the entirety of Skamania and Klickitat counties and western Yakima County. A tiny slice of rural east Clark County also falls within its boundaries. To make it to the general election, write-in candidates need just 1 percent of the vote in the primary. Brumback, 53, took nearly 3.5 percent, receiving 645 votes. Brumback is running as a Republican, but no party preference will be mentioned for him on the ballot. That’s because as an undeclared candidate in the primary, he didn’t fill out the form that would denote his party.Brumback has spent his career practicing law for a number of private firms, the Army, the Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney’s office and the city of Yakima, where he was once the assistant city attorney. Today, he’s a partner at Hurst, Brumback and Brusic, a personal injury firm in Union Gap.
A rainy Saturday. More than 1 inch of rain fell between midnight and 5 p.m. My rain total as of 5 p.m. Saturday here in Salmon Creek was 1.15 inches, with over 4 inches for the month.All this thanks to the atmospheric river called the Pineapple Express. The rain should let up today, at least in the lower elevations, but more will fall before Christmas, and the snow level will slowly drop to way below the mountain passes by Christmas Eve — factor that in if you’re traveling.The Christmas forecast? As of Saturday, I would say a high in the low 40s and a low of freezing or below, with probably no rain. The foothills to our east may be dusted white.The 50-year anniversary of the great Christmas Day flooding is upon us. I was a high school student at Benson High School in Portland and we had bitter cold arctic air over us when I left school at 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18 for the holiday. I walked to Lloyd Center to catch my bus, with the east wind blowing at least 35 or 40 mph and the snow coming horizontal. I could hardly see. I will always remember the icy sting of that storm. It snowed over a foot at my North Portland home. It looked like a sure bet for a white Christmas.It wasn’t to be. A warm Pineapple Express arrived and it rained inches — and inches more in the mountains. When I woke up Christmas day there was no trace of snow left. I walked down to the Willamette River and it had flooded everything along its banks in Portland. I never saw snow disappear faster. Even the deep piles in parking lots melted.Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.
Macau sees 20.6% increase in visitors in 1H19 but length of stay falling Load More Travellers International declares confidence in future prospects as hotel inventory rises Over 1.1 million guests stayed at hotels and guesthouses in Macau in April, up 7.6% year-on-year, with an average occupancy rate of 88.9%. The figures included a 91.9% occupancy rate in Macau’s 5-star and 4-star hotels, up 2.1 percentage points on April 2017. The overall occupancy rate for the month was up 2.8% year-on-year, the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) said on Wednesday.More than 4.5 million guests have stayed in local hotels and guesthouses through the first four months of 2018, up 8.8% year-on-year, with an occupancy rate of 88.9%, up 4.7% year-on-year.The number of guest rooms increased 6% year-on-year to 39,000, with the number of 5-star hotel rooms rising 7.9% to 24,000, comprising 61.2% of the total.DSEC also informed that the number of visitors on package tours in Macau in April increased 12.9% year-on-year and 6.2% month-on-month.Package tour visitors from Mainland China were up 12.2% year-on-year, while those from the Republic of Korea surged 27.8% year-on-year. Visitors on package tours from Taiwan increased 57.5% year-on-year.In the first four months of 2018, visitors on package tours totalled 2.8 million, up 20.1% year-on-year. Macau hotels record fewer bookings in June RelatedPosts
Online poker and gaming operator The Stars Group has reported a 34.8% increase in consolidated revenue to US$411.5 million for the three months to 30 June 2018, boosted by its recent push into the Australian sports betting scene via the acquisitions of CrownBet Holdings Pty Limited and William Hill Australia Holdings Pty Ltd.Gross profit for the period grew 29.8% year-on-year to US$327.9 million while Adjusted EBITDA grew 14.8% to US$168.3 million. Caesars slips back into loss in 2Q19 but US properties showing growth ahead of Eldorado merger Load More Discussing the results, The Stars Group CEO Rafi Ashkenazi said they “reflect both continued organic growth within our international business and the contributions of our Australian acquisitions.“We continued enhancing our products and user experience across all verticals and executing on our cross-selling strategy. The continued emergence of our sports betting and casino offerings and the addition of our 2018 acquisitions have transformed our business and greatly enhanced the foundation and diversity of our consolidated revenue base, which will now be nearly equally split among verticals and roughly 75% locally regulated or taxed.”The Stars Group acquired an 80% stake in CrownBet Holdings in April through which it subsequently purchased William Hill Australia Holdings – positioning itself as a clear number three in Australia’s highly competitive online sports betting landscape behind Tabcorp and Sportsbet.The company has since also acquired the UK’s Sky Betting & Gaming (SBG).Despite its increased presence in the sports betting space, The Stars Group – owner of PokerStars – still generated 52.7% of its revenue through online poker, with 24.8% from gaming and 19.7% from betting. Betting revenue for the quarter was US$19.6 million, an increase of 122.2% year-on-year. RelatedPosts Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham forced to cut sponsorship ties with Russian betting site Chinese court seizes bank accounts of online card game developer Boyaa
Reed ExhibitionsVera Ng+86 755 2383 firstname.lastname@example.orgInside Asian GamingJadeson Ho+853 2875 email@example.com SJM’s Daisy Ho to deliver keynote address as G2E Asia gets underway today Load More Melco boss Lawrence Ho hails G2E Asia Awards success The co-organizers of the 2019 G2E Asia Awards – Reed Exhibitions, the American Gaming Association and Inside Asian Gaming – have announced that the public nomination period for the 2019 G2E Asia Awards has been extended due to popular demand.With a flurry of nominations having been received over the past week, the nomination period will now run until Friday 19 April 2019. Any member of the public may submit nominations by visiting G2EAsiaAwards.com. Companies are welcome to nominate themselves. RelatedPosts The G2E Asia Awards judging panel, currently comprised of 32 judges, is still growing and will be finalized later this month. A select committee of the panel will narrow down the public nominations to a shortlist of official award nominees after the nomination period has closed. Award winners will be announced at the 2019 G2E Asia Awards gala dinner on Tuesday 21 May 2019.The 12 categories for the 2019 G2E Asia Awards include:Best IR Non-Gaming AttractionBest B2B Digital Product SolutionBest Electronic Gaming Solution (Slots and ETGs)Best Table Game SolutionBest Industry InnovationBest Gaming FloorBest Industry Rising Stars (Maximum of 5 Winners)Best Corporate Social Responsibility ContributionBest VIP Gaming PromoterBest Industry SupplierBest Regional Asian IR (Outside Macau or Singapore)Best Integrated ResortSeats at the G2E Asia Awards can be purchased at G2EAsiaAwards.com. A variety of sponsorship packages are also available. For more information on writing a compelling nomination, download the G2E Asia Awards’ information guide.For more information on sponsorship packages or tickets to the G2E Asia Awards, contact: Galaxy Macau named Best Integrated Resort for second year running at G2E Asia Awards
The majority (93%) of employer-respondents across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) believe there is a correlation between health and employee performance, according to research by Aon.Its Aon health survey, which is based on responses from 500 HR directors and risk managers from 22 countries across EMEA, also found that only 32% of respondents’ organisations have emotional and/or psychological health programmes in place.The research also found:69% of respondents name limited budgets as the biggest challenge to implementing health strategies.13% of respondents measure the outcomes of current employee health strategies.65% cite stress and mental health as the employee health and wellness issues causing them most concern, 53% name employees’ physical health as the biggest issue, and 49% believe unhealthy employee lifestyles is th biggest issue.49% of respondents see improving employee engagement as a priority, and 51% are focused on attracting and retaining talent.23% of respondents are looking to put programmes in place to help employees manage their money more efficiently.Mario Hooglugt, health leader at Aon EMEA, said: “The fact that the vast majority of EMEA employers see a correlation between employee health and performance is encouraging. This thinking has quite rightly entered the corporate psyche, a far cry from a few years ago. However, this journey needs to continue to progress.“Now it’s about putting a strategy in place to support employees as well as measuring a programme’s performance to ensure that it benefits corporate objectives effectively.”Matthew Lawrence, head of broking and proposition for health and risk at Aon Employee Benefits, added: “With stress and mental health issues commonplace and the biggest recognised health issue for employers, it is disappointing to see that less than a third of respondents are addressing this with emotional or psychological health programmes. Helping to support the mental wellbeing of employees is crucial if they are to remain happy, present and productive.”
Public television organisation the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) spent just over £158.6 million for on-air job roles in the 2018-2019 financial year; equating to 10% of the organisation’s total internal creative content spend.Its Group annual report and accounts 2018-2019, published in July 2019, also detailed individuals at the BBC who are paid more than £150,000 from license fee revenue in each financial year. The organisation is required to publish this information on an annual basis under the terms of its Royal Charter.Football commentator and presenter Gary Lineker is listed as the highest-paid on-air talent at the BBC, earning between £1,750,000 and £1,754,999. Radio presenter Chris Evans is the highest-paid radio presenter, with a salary between £1,250,000 and £1,254,999, followed by television and radio host Graham Norton, who earns between £610,000 and £614,999.The highest-paid female on-air employees at the BBC are presenters Zoe Ball and Claudia Winkleman, both earning between £370,000 and £374,999. Other highly paid women at the BBC include BBC 6 Music host Lauren Laverne, with a wage between £305,000 and £309,999, and radio presenter Sara Cox, who takes home between £235,000 and £239,999.Of the on-air individuals earning more than £150,000 from license fee revenue in 2018-2019, 66% are male and 34% are female. For 2019 to 2020, this is projected to reach a 55% male and 45% female split. Around a fifth (20%) of the on-air talent comprises black, Asian and minority ethnic (Bame) employees.The BBC employs a total of 22,401 staff.Tony Hall, director-general at the BBC, said: “The BBC has turned the corner on gender pay. When we first published the figures for top talent, there was a 75:25 split between men and women. The projection for 2019-2020 is now 55:45. This is significant change. The task is not complete, we are not complacent, but we are well on our way.”
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – More than 50 young professionals came together, Saturday morning, to work on a colorful creation, thanks to a South Florida foundation.The United Way of Miami-Dade’s Young Leaders hosted their fourth annual mural painting volunteer project at Coral Terrace Elementary School, located near Southwest 24th Street and 67th Avenue in Southwest Miami-Dade.The mural was designed by Miami-based artist Michael Halley. paint united! 😎@unitedwaymiami #youngleaders #giveback pic.twitter.com/nMldZQJrap— Ann Keil (@ann_keil) June 11, 2016Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A 19-year-old accused of shooting and killing a South Florida teen has turned himself in.Nineteen-year-old Khevani Francois is behind bars. He was charged with second-degree murder, Tuesday, for the death of 19-year-old Marlin Goodluck.Related: Mother makes plea with public after son gunned down in SW Miami-DadeAccording to police, Francois confessed to killing Goodluck along Southwest 205th Street and 122nd Avenue, around 6 p.m., on May 23.The victim was walking with a friend who police believe was the intended target.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
(WSVN) – Police are asking for the public’s help to find an abducted child, Mariah Kay Woods.Woods is a 3-year-old white female, approximately 2 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 30 pounds. The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office says she has brown hair and blue eyes.She was last seen at 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26 in bed at her home in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Police said her abductor is unknown at this time, and could be anywhere.The FBI has now joined the investigation into the little girl’s disappearance.If you have any information regarding this abduction, you’re asked to please call the Onslow County Sheriff immediately at (910) 455-3113, or call 911.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.