Increase in Soy Acres Being Driven by Demand Planting Flexibility and other

first_imgU.S. producers are projected to plant 76.7 million acres of soybeans in 2001, up 3 percent from last year, according to a recently-issued U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report. If realized, this would be the largest planted area for soybeans on record. While some analysts have speculated that this increase is due to the level of the soybean loan rate in relation to other commodities, the American Soybean Association (ASA) believes such analysis is flawed and overlooks enormous changes in demand, planting flexibility, and other factors.“Domestic and world demand for soybeans during the last decade has been far greater than for any other commodity,” said ASA President Tony Anderson, a producer from Mt. Sterling, Ohio. “Global usage of soybeans grew by 56 percent, compared to 27 percent for corn, 15 percent for rice, 7.5 percent for cotton, and only 6.2 percent for wheat. Even in the United States, soybean usage in the last decade outpaced every other commodity. U.S. usage of soybeans grew by 36 percent, compared to 27 percent for rice, 26 percent for corn, 16 percent for cotton, and a decline of almost 5 percent for wheat.”ASA attributes soybean acreage growth to the following factors:Greater growth in world and U.S. demand for soybeans than for other commodities.Introduction in the 1996 Farm Bill of unrestricted planting flexibility and decoupled income support payments that allowed producers to shift to agronomically and economically preferable crop rotations. Prior to 1996, soybean acres were constrained by farm program provisions that required producers to plant their farms to “program crops” (wheat, feed grains, cotton, and rice) to receive income support from the federal government.Relatively high soybean prices between 1995 and 1997 that induced producers to plant more soybeans. The season average price received by farmers for the 1995 crop was $7.35 per bushel, declining to $6.45 per bushel in 1996 and $5.35 per bushel in 1997. Since 1997, prices for all major commodities have been depressed, so there has been no inducement for farmers to shift acreage to other crops.Development of new soybean varieties in maturity groups that are much better suited to northern and western climates. In recent years, new soybean varieties have made production possible in colder and drier states where few soybeans were grown 10 years ago. Last year, virtually all of the expansion in soybean plantings occurred in the northern and western states of North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, and Kansas.Prevalence of scab and other diseases affecting wheat and other crops. In major wheat states such as North Dakota, moving out of wheat production has been the only way to avoid reoccurrence of scab. Soybeans and other oilseeds have been among crops producers have turned to as they have battled disease problems.Unusually high costs of natural gas and fertilizer that are constricting corn production in the Midwest. Additionally, the continuing disruption of foreign and domestic corn markets and rising corn stocks resulting from the StarLink® debacle may be contributing to this year’s projected decline in corn plantings and increase in soybean plantings. “A final factor useful in judging whether the loan rate for a commodity is out of alignment relative to other crops is its stocks-to-use ratio,” said Anderson. “Carryover stocks of soybeans this fall are expected to total about 12 percent of current domestic and export use. By comparison, corn stocks are projected at 20 percent of use, and wheat supplies will be 34 percent of use. Reducing the soybean loan rate would likely increase production of crops that are already in greater surplus.”In recent testimony before the House Agriculture Committee, ASA proposed setting the current national soybean loan rate of $5.26 per bushel as a floor in the next farm bill. ASA indicated it opposes any reduction of the soybean loan rate, because it provides a vital income safety net for producers. ASA strongly maintained that expansion of U.S. soybean acreage during the last five years has less to do with the loan rate compared to planting flexibility, growth in demand and usage for soybeans, and various agronomic production factors.“Lowering the soybean loan rate would severely hurt soybean producers and significantly reduce overall net farm income,” said Anderson. “Suggestions to lower the soybean loan rate are both ill-considered and ill-advised. A better course would be for Congress and the Administration to adopt policies to expand trade and domestic demand that will get prices for all commodities above current loan levels. ASA has identified a list of initiatives to bolster demand, ranging from food aid to commercial trade to use of biodiesel and other industrial uses for soybeans. We look forward to working with Congress and the Administration to implement this agenda.”last_img read more

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House Appropriations Bill Blocks WOTUS Provides Record Funding for Waterways Infrastructure

first_imgThis week the House Appropriations Committee marked-up their Fiscal Year 2017 Energy & Water Appropriations bill, which provides funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Department of Energy (DOE) programs.The bill represents record funding for USACE waterways infrastructure related funding, which are priorities for the American Soybean Association (ASA).The bill also prohibits the use of funds to implement the controversial Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule that expands the government’s jurisdiction on waterways, which ASA strongly opposes. This WOTUS “policy rider” will likely be a source of contention as the bill moves through the process.The overall funding level provided in the bill for the USACE is $6.1 billion, $1.48 billion above the President’s FY2017 request and $100 million above the FY2016 enacted level. The Construction account would receive $1.946 billion, $855.6 million more than the FY17 President’s request. The bill calls for full use of estimated annual revenues from the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF) to “help advance American competitiveness and export ability.”Operations and Maintenance (O&M) received a record $3.157 billion, $452 million more than President Barack Obama’s FY17 request and above the FY16 O&M funding level of $3.137 billion, which was the highest ever appropriated to this account.  The bill also proposes a record $1.263 billion spending from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF), also breaking the record of $1.178 billion provided in FY16.The Senate Appropriations Committee was also preparing to release its Energy & Water bill this week, which is expected to provide robust support for waterways infrastructure.  These are the first steps in the annual appropriations process that will likely stretch to the end of the year.last_img read more

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AG drops charge against Garvison

first_imgAt the request of the Skamania County Board of Commissioners, the state attorney general’s office has dropped a charge of official misconduct against former county auditor J. Michael Garvison. However, the charge is likely to be renewed early next year.Garvison was charged with the crime, a gross misdemeanor, for allegedly running up tens of thousands of dollars of unauthorized expenditures for travel, college tuition and office equipment during his tenure as Skamania County’s elected auditor. “The new prosecuting attorney-elect, Adam Kick, will be taking over the case after he takes office,” Commissioner Paul Pearce said last week. The three commissioners, unhappy with the plea bargain negotiated between Garvison’s attorney and the attorney general’s office, voted unanimously Nov. 2 to ask the state to return the case to the county.They noted that a new county prosecuting attorney will be free of the conflict of interest that prompted the current prosecuting attorney, Peter Banks, to refer the case to the state attorney general’s office. Banks, who was defeated for re-election in the August primary, routinely provided legal advice to the auditor’s office during Garvison’s tenure.“We do not have any additional role in the Garvison case,” Assistant Attorney General Scott Marlow told The Columbian last week. “The attorney general’s office in Washington state has very limited criminal jurisdiction. We have to be invited in by the local prosecutor. In this case, that invitation was rescinded by the local prosecutor in Skamania County. So we are done with the case, we’ve turned our files over to Skamania County, and we wish them the best of luck in pursuing the matter.”last_img read more

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WSUV students help small businesses to succeed

first_imgA decade ago, Mark and Barb Nulph bought a franchise for Pressed4Time, a pick-up and delivery service for dry cleaning and shoe repair. They purchased Clark County Cleaners five years later so they could increase profits by doing their own dry cleaning rather than subcontracting. Then the recession hit and their customer base shrank. The couple found their finances slipping just as they were trying to build a retirement nest egg. Now the Nulphs are getting much-needed help rebuilding their business through a budding Washington State University Vancouver program that links business students with small-business owners. This spring, four WSUV seniors worked on a marketing and promotion plan that could guide the Nulphs in attracting new customers and winning back old ones.Mark Nulph, who spends four days each week on service runs to Clark County homes and businesses, says he expects the student suggestions will speed Pressed4Time’s and Clark County Cleaners’ recovery. “Sometimes companies like mine don’t have extra cash to hire professionals to put together what I hope will come out of this program,” he said.It’s not uncommon for college business students to learn from the examples of local companies, but WSUV hopes its program will benefit the business owners as well as the students. The lofty goal of the program’s leaders is to give a boost to businesses that have the most potential to create more jobs in Clark County, while making the university more relevant to the larger community.last_img read more

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Two chinook now allowed in ocean salmon fishery

first_imgILWACO — Anglers may keep two chinook now as part of their two-salmon bag limit when fishing in the ocean off northern Oregon and southern Washington.Federal officials increased the daily effective Sunday between Cape Falcon in Oregon and Leadbetter Point in Washington.“When the regulations were set this spring, anglers were limited to only one chinook per day,” said Eric Schindler, ocean salmon project leader for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. “This was to ensure enough chinook were available for the full season. Catch and effort estimates through July 31 indicated that the one-chinook bag limit restriction can be lifted with little risk of having to close early.”Through July 31, only 15 percent of the chinook guideline and 20 percent of the coho quota had been taken.Salmon fishing off the Columbia River mouth opened June 26 and continues until Sept. 30 or 33,600 fin-clipped coho are caught.The bag limit at Buoy 10, the lower 16 miles of the Columbia River downstream of Tongue Point, is two adult salmon, but only one chinook, through Aug. 28.Chinook retention at Buoy 10 is prohibited beginning Aug. 29.Washington sampled 86 anglers with no salmon at Buoy 10 between Aug. 1 and 4.last_img read more

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Folks ask about Tumtum no sale yet

first_imgNews that Clark County landmark Tumtum Mountain is for sale has generated a slew of suggestions and inquiries, according to the real estate broker marketing the property.But there have been no serious takers so far, said Terri Eklund, hired to sell the cone-shaped hill near the tiny community of Chelatchie Prairie. Tumtum is being sold as part of the estate of Billie McKee Sr., a Battle Ground logging company owner who died in February.Since her unusual real estate listing was publicized in a Nov. 8 newspaper story, “I’ve gotten all kinds of calls,” Eklund said.One college student said he would buy the mountain in three years if she hasn’t sold it by then.“It has always been his dream to own Tumtum Mountain,” Eklund said.The listing price of the 1,400-foot-tall mountain is $699,900, a 50 percent reduction from its original list price of $1.4 million.A familiar site in the Cascade foothills of northern Clark County, Tumtum is a lava dome that formed the same way as its giant neighbor, Mount St. Helens. The difference, according to local experts, is that Tumtum is no longer active. St. Helens is.Eklund has also toured the mostly tree-covered Tumtum with logging company representatives and other potential buyers who considered the site for commercial enterprises.“But there’s been no written offers yet,” she said.The 360-acre mountain is zoned for forestry, which means it could be managed for long-termproduction of commercial forest products, said Jerry Bonagofsky, chief executive officer of the Washington Contract Loggers Association Inc. in Olympia.Bonagofsky said Tumtum’s designation could generate interest among investors who buy timber land to hold and harvest at a later date.“It may be years before the timber is ready for harvest, depending on its age,” Bonagofsky said. “It’s a matter of timing, like any investment, making sure you time the market and achieve a respectable rate of return.”It is unclear when the timber on Tumtum was last harvested. McKee had owned the mountain since 1988, when he purchased it from Delaware-based Cavenham Forest Industries Inc. Before that, it was owned by Crown Zellerbach Corp., former owner of the paper mill in Camas.last_img read more

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Doctors taking steps to ensure health instructions are clear

first_imgOn the WebLegacy Health’s Clear initiative and information on an upcoming health literacy conferenceWhat a physician says and what a patient hears can be two different things, especially for those among the nearly half of the U.S. adult population with low health literacy.Health literacy is defined by the Institute of Medicine as the capacity to obtain, understand and process basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.Nothing — not age, income, employment status, education level or racial group — affects health status more than literacy skills, according to the National Patient Safety Foundation.“When patients don’t take their medications the way we think they are, things can get worse and sometimes quickly,” said Dr. Kelley Aurand, a family practitioner at Legacy Medical Group’s Fisher’s Landing clinic.Legacy Health is combating health illiteracy with a new campaign called Clear: Communication, Literacy and Education Achieve Results. The goal is to promote health literacy awareness and provide tools to help patients overcome literacy challenges.last_img read more

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Fire levels Vancouver apartment complex

first_imgA two-alarm fire leveled a four-story apartment complex under construction in east Vancouver early Friday morning.A member of 24-Hour Fitness, 800 S.E. Tech Center Drive, saw the flames coming from the four-story complex at about 3:20 a.m. and called 911, said Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli.About 40 firefighters from the Vancouver and Camas-Washougal fire departments responded but were unable to save the building, which had been framed but lacked any fire protection features.“It was completely involved,” Scarpelli said. “Firefighters took a defensive attack on this fire to protect any exposure.”There were no reported injuries.Scarpelli said the Columbia Tech Center Lofts, planned as a 90-unit complex just south of Mill Plain Boulevard near Southeast 177th Avenue, was about 50 percent complete. The construction project has a price tag of more than $4 million, according to building permits. Scarpelli said because it hadn’t been outfitted with all its amenities, she estimated the financial loss somewhere between $3 and $3.5 million.Natural gas helped to fuel the flames until a utility crew shut off the line, but Scarpelli said the blaze burned the complex “to the ground.” Scarpelli said the circumstances of the fire are unusual, and the agency’s arson investigation team is looking into the fire. She said investigators looking for the cause of the fire will likely bring in a dog trained to detect accelerants.last_img read more

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Medical examiner names 3rd Marysville school dead

first_imgEVERETT — The Snohomish County medical examiner’s office has officially released the name of the third student to die from Friday’s shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.The office says 14-year-old Gia C. Soriano died of a gunshot wound to the head, a homicide victim. She died Sunday at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.The medical examiner’s office previously said 14-year-old Zoe R. Galasso died of a handgun wound to the head, a homicide victim. And 15-year-old Jaylen R. Fryberg died of a handgun wound to the head, a suicide.Conditions for three students in hospitals are unchanged Tuesday: 14-year-old Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, is in critical condition at the Everett hospital. Two boys are at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle: 15-year-old Andrew Fryberg is in critical condition; 14-year-old Nate Hatch is in satisfactory condition.The cafeteria at the school, where the shooting took place, will remain closed when school reopens next week.Superintendent Becky Berg said, “The kids are saying loud and clear they don’t want to go back there to the old cafeteria.”She says the space may be remodeled, but it will take some time.last_img read more

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Skills Center cosmetology program gets a makeover

first_imgHours: Noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.Appointments: 360-604-1080. Walk-ins also are accepted.Cost: $5.50 for a basic haircut, $6 for a basic manicure, $10 for a basic pedicure, $12.50 for a facial, $15 for semi-permanent color.Where: 12200 N.E. 28th St., Vancouver.Information: www.ccskillscenter.com/cosmetology.htmlo The Clark County Skills Center’s two-year cosmetology program has 84 students enrolled. Students operate a salon open to the public and also are taught business management skills.o A total of 1,600 hours are required for a beauty operator’s license in Washington.Desi Scheu knew the Afro-textured dark hair on the mannequin would react to the bleach she applied to lighten it.“I knew I was going to tone it,” Scheu said Wednesday. “She turned really orange. I’m using a high toner of violet to cancel out the orange.” Scheu used a flat brush to apply a thick liquid to the human hair on the mannequin in front of her.Scheu, 17, is a second-year student in the cosmetology program at Clark County Skills Center. During the two-year program focused on both theory in the classroom and clinical experience, students spend a minimum of 1,400 hours working on hair, 100 hours on nails and 100 hours on facials, waxing and tweezing. The cosmetology program has been a part of the Skills Center since it opened in 1983, but in previous years, cosmetology students had their practical experience at an off-campus salon. In September, the Skills Center opened its own cosmetology building, which includes classroom space, lab space and a salon with public hours.Students attend Skills Center programs as high school juniors and seniors. This year, there are 64 first-year students and 20 second-year students in the cosmetology program. The popular program has a waiting list, said Margaret Rice, dean of students. Only three of the beginning students are male. All of the second-year students are female. The program’s advisory board hopes to increase the number of male students.last_img read more

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The benefits offered by Norton Rose Fulbright

The benefits offered by Norton Rose Fulbright

first_imgThe workplace benefits on offer at Norton Rose Fulbright include:PensionGroup personal pension for all employees, with a 1% employer and 1% employee contribution.The employer offers matching contributions up to a 5% employee contribution.The organisation auto-enrolled in 2013, and auto-re-enrolled in November 2016.Group riskGroup income protection, employer paid.Life assurance, employer paid.Healthcare and wellbeingPrivate medical insurance for all employees. Single cover is paid for by the employer, staff can cover partners and dependants through flexible benefits.Flu jabs, paid for by the employer.Dental plan.Health screening.Discounted gym membership.Private GP service.Employee assistance programme.Work-life balanceHolidays: minimum of 25 days, employees can buy up to five days a year through flexible benefits.Childcare vouchers.Flexible working arrangements.Company carsSalary sacrifice car schemeOther benefitsSubsidised on-site restaurant.Sports and social clubs.Retail discounts scheme.Mortgage advisory services.Will writing.Pensions advisory clinic.Gourmet Society discount dining.Bikes-for-work scheme.last_img read more

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EXCLUSIVE 30 of employers plan to prioritise wellbeing for 2018

EXCLUSIVE 30 of employers plan to prioritise wellbeing for 2018

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Just under a third (30%) of employer respondents plan to prioritise wellbeing in 2018, according to research by Reward Gateway.Its survey of 565 HR, benefits and reward professionals who attended Employee Benefits Live 2017 on 10 and 11 October, also found that 15% of respondents plan to prioritise pay and benefits next year.The research also found:14% of respondents are planning to focus on recognition for 2018, while 10% will prioritise open and honest communications with staff.7% of respondents will prioritise leadership goals for next year, 7% will concentrate on defining their organisation’s purpose, mission and values, and 6% plan to prioritise their management in 2018.4% of respondents plan to look at job design as a priority for 2018 and 4% are going to focus on providing learning opportunities next year. Only 2% want to prioritise their workspace for 2018.Doug Butler (pictured), chief executive officer at Reward Gateway, said: “The 10 elements used in our survey are all key parts of building a successful relationship with employees and creating a more engaged workforce and culture. The clear spotlight on wellbeing, recognition, and pay and benefits is something we saw at the beginning of 2017.”last_img read more

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Police searching for missing 14yearold girl

Police searching for missing 14yearold girl

first_imgMiami-Dade Schools Police are searching for a 14-year-old student who, they said, went missing on Friday.Alexondra Rodriguez, a student at Homestead Senior High School, was last seen leaving a foster care home at 11646 S.W. 134th St. in Southwest Miami-Dade.Officials said the teen stands 5 feet 4 inches tall, has black hair and brown eyes and weighs about 120 pounds. She was last seen wearing a blue jacket and blue jeans. Missing Juvenile, if you have any information call the numbers on the attached flyer. pic.twitter.com/IZnwI0OTSb— Miami-Dade SchoolsPD (@MiamiSchoolsPD) January 17, 2017If you should have any information regarding Rodriguez’s whereabouts, please contact the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department at 305 995-COPS or 786-660-9509.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Animal rights activists protest outside South Beach hotel hosting pig roast

Animal rights activists protest outside South Beach hotel hosting pig roast

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Animal rights activists gathered in front of a South Beach hotel that hosted a culinary event centered around roasting pigs.Cameras showed demonstrators in front of 1 Hotel along Collins Avenue and 23rd Street, Sunday afternoon.Participants held signs that read “Animals Murdered Here” and “Meat Is Murder.”“Animals do not want to die,” protesters chanted over and over.Activist Elizabeth Jones said an independent group of local grassroots activists and concerned citizens are protesting the Cochon555 event taking place at the hotel on Sunday.“Cochon555 is an event where five pigs are killed to become somebody’s dinner,” said Jones, “and we’re here to show that you do not need to eat animal products to live healthy, full lives.”The Cochon555 website describes the event as “a nose-to-tail culinary event dedicated to supporting family farmers and educating buyers about the agricultural importance of eating heritage breed pigs, some of which are on critical watch lists.” Jones said she is surprised 1 Hotel agreed to host the event.“The 1 Hotel, they promote a sustainable environment, a forward thinking environment, so we’re a little bit confused as to why they are hosting this event today, which promotes and perpetuates suffering and violence of innocent animals that didn’t want to die,” she said.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Police find no one home after reports of possible barricaded subject in

Police find no one home after reports of possible barricaded subject in

first_img@myNMBPolice is on scene of a possible barricaded person. Area of NE 15 Avenue / 154 Street. The area is shut down with heavy police presence. Very active scene. Please monitor for further information.— North Miami Beach PD (@myNMBPolice) January 17, 2019Miami-Dade police and fire rescue were also on scene.The incident is said to have started after neighbors called police about hearing an argument, which was followed by a gunshot outside of a nearby house.Officials made attempts to contact possible subjects in the house but believe that everyone involved in the argument had already left. NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police found no one home after responding to reports of a shooting at house where it was feared a shooter might have barricaded themselves in North Miami Beach.North Miami Beach Police and SWAT team officials arrived to a home in the area of Northeast 154th Street and 14th Avenue at around 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Police said there were no reported injuries but are investigating who may have fired the gun.center_img  Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Family California man who was shot dead by police was sleeping in

Family California man who was shot dead by police was sleeping in

first_imgThe investigation into the shooting is ongoing.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. VALLEJO, Calif. (WSVN) — The family of a California man who was shot dead by police said he was asleep in his car moments before his death.According to Vallejo Police, officers received a call from Taco Bell employees regarding a man slumped over in the driver’s seat of a car at their drive-thru. Two officers responded to check on the driver and upon walking up to the car, they said they found an unresponsive man with a handgun on his lap.Investigators said the two officers decided not to wake the man and waited for additional officers to arrive on the scene.Once other officers got to the scene, they said they elected to have an officer try to open the door and quickly take the gun while another officer covered him, but that plan fell apart after officers discovered the door was locked. However, police said they noticed the car was in drive, so they positioned a marked patrol vehicle right in front of the car to prevent “forward or erratic movement” while they called for a patrol supervisor to respond to the scene.However, while officers were positioning the patrol unit, they said the driver suddenly began to move and saw the officers. Police said officers told the man several times to put his hands up, but he did not comply and “instead he quickly moved his hands downward for the firearm.”“Fearing for their safety, six officers fired their duty weapons at the driver,” investigators said in a statement. “Officers continued to yell commands at the driver and ultimately reached through the broken glass of the driver’s window to unlock the vehicle.”Police said they pulled the driver from the vehicle and began medical assistance, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. I got this picture from Willie’s cousin David (left) he said Willie was an aspiring rapper and was talented. Family wants more answers from the #Vallejo police department about the shooting. @KTVU pic.twitter.com/NTv6OlWiWm— Sara Zendehnam (@szendehnam) February 11, 2019The man has not been identified by officials, but 48-year-old David Harrison told the Los Angeles Times the victim was his cousin, 20-year-old Willie James McCoy.Harrison said his cousin was an aspiring rapper and actor.Harrison also said McCoy had been to a studio recording session earlier in the day before dropping off his girlfriend and going to get food at Taco Bell. Harrison believed McCoy was simply exhausted after a long day.“My little cousin was asleep in the car, and they shot him 20 [expletive] times,” Harrison said in a Facebook Live video.The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave. last_img read more

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Sen Giessel Presents Workers Comp Bill To Joint Chamber

Sen Giessel Presents Workers Comp Bill To Joint Chamber

first_imgSen. Giessel (R-Anchorage): “There are multiple entities that understand that we need to transform how workers compensation works.” Story as aired: SB 112 rewrites portions of the workers’ compensation system in Alaska, and will be addressed at the upcoming legislative session set to convene in January. The Division of Workers’ Compensation is the agency charged with the administration of the Alaska Workers’ Compensation Act (Act). The Act provides for the payment by employers or their insurance carriers of medical, disability and reemployment benefits to injured workers. According to Giessel, despite the number of work related accidents going down, the overall cost of workers’ compensation has continued to increase.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Senator Cathy Giessel (R-Anchorage) presented a workers compensation overhaul bill at the joint Kenai/Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday, December 13. Senate Bill 112, sponsored Sen. Giessel,  is a 50 page bill writing out changes to Alaska’s workers’ compensation system. Audio PlayerJennifer-on-workers-comp-luncheon.mp3VmJennifer-on-workers-comp-luncheon.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

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Update Improper Operation Of Crane Leads To Fatal Accident In Homer

Update Improper Operation Of Crane Leads To Fatal Accident In Homer

first_imgNo other injuries or property damage were reported or discovered during the investigation. According to the final report: “The team was comprised of a rigger and crane operator. Neither of these members were qualified to perform these duties. During movement of the fourth load, the MC tipped over, with the boom fatally hitting the unit’s Chief Warrant Officer 2 Boatswain who was engaged in conversation with another crewmember within the crane operating envelope. The MC incurred significant damage to its boom, but a total loss determination has not been made.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The United States Coast Guard released the final incident report into the investigation of the circumstances following a crane accident in the Coast Guard buoy yard in Homer, which resulted in the death of Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski. The investigation also indicated leadership deficiencies aboard the Cutter Hickory which contributed to inadequate crewmember training and complacency with shoreside operations.center_img On 31 January 2019, at the USCG Cutter Hickory buoy yard in Homer numerous crewmembers were carrying out several yard clean up, maintenance and repair, and organization tasks before a planned underway period. The investigation found improper operation of the shoreside crane was the direct cause of the mishap.last_img read more

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