It has been a full six months since China retaliated against President Trump’s 25 percent tariff on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods. That tariff, which took effect July 6, 2018, has rocked the foundation of a decades-old trade relationship U.S. soybean farmers built with China, the largest market for American beans. And, it has resulted in halted sales, plummeting crop prices, and a lack of security for farmers seeking funding for the 2019 season.Davie Stephens, a soybean grower from Clinton, Ky., and American Soybean Association (ASA) president stated, “We are anxious to see real progress to end this trade war quickly. With Ambassador Gregg Doud of the Office of U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and Under Secretary Ted McKinney of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) among the delegation in China to discuss trade today, we are hopeful that real progress is forthcoming.” Stephens continued, “This has been a long and costly half year for farmers, and we need stability returned to this market. We cannot withstand another six months.”The value of U.S. soybean exports to China has grown 26-fold in 10 years, from $414 million in 1996 to $14 billion in 2017. China imported 31 percent of U.S. production in 2017, equal to 60 percent of total U.S exports and nearly one in every three rows of harvested beans. Over the next 10 years, Chinese demand for soybeans is expected to account for most of the growth in global soybean trade, making it a prime market for the U.S. and other countries.U.S. soybean growers have realized a nearly 20 percent drop in soy prices since the threat of tariffs began last summer, and the future of soy growers’ relationship with China continues to be in jeopardy. China has pursued new means to procure soybeans and other protein crops, including maximizing soybean imports from other exporting countries, particularly Brazil.Growers have taken to Twitter and other social platforms today with the hashtag #185DaysStillNeedTrade, along with the popular #RescindtheTariffs hashtag to continue demanding that the Administration bring an end to its lingering trade war with China and help restore certainty and stability to the soy industry.
There’s yet another large piece of the local economy that PeaceHealth, in becoming the corporate parent of Southwest Washington Medical Center, has assumed control of: 75 acres of land just off Interstate 5 in Ridgefield that figures prominently in plans for growth in North Clark County.One development you can scratch off the list of possible uses for the land is Bellevue-based PeaceHealth’s planned headquarters. That site will harbor the nonprofit’s relocated corporate offices and some back-office employees from its other locations, eventually bringing 340 new jobs to the Vancouver area.Peter Adler, senior vice president and chief strategy officer for PeaceHealth, said the 75-acre parcel is not in the running.Nevertheless, Adler said, the Ridgefield site does have potential. It could become home to new clinical services, for example. A retail development to go along with some type of medical complex on the site is a possibility, too, Adler said. “It’s very strategically located,” he said.Southwest, which purchased the 75 acres from the Port of Ridgefield in 2007, has planned for the parcel to be developed into a medical campus. That’s not changing with PeaceHealth’s new role as the parent of Southwest, Adler said.If anything, the merger broadens what could be done with the land, said Ken Cole, spokesman for Southwest. That’s because the Ridgefield parcel is situated between two PeaceHealth hospitals — Vancouver’s Southwest and Longview’s St. John Medical Center.
OLYMPIA — Republican lawmakers steadfastly opposed to any tax increases suggested by Democrats say they have other ideas for raising money to help plug a $2 billion state budget shortfall.Their biggest proposal on the table: Gambling.Republican leaders want to let nontribal casinos offer the same slot machines as tribal casinos, with the state getting a cut of the revenue. Advocates say it would bring in nearly $160 million next fiscal year and $380 million in the following two years, although the governor’s office questions those numbers.“This to me seems like a pretty lucrative option,” said Rep. Gary Alexander, R-Olympia, the ranking Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee. “Beside generating significant amounts of money, it also hits the other major issue we’re addressing, and that is putting people back to work.”Republicans say they want to help level the playing field for small, nontribal gambling halls that are struggling to compete with the glitzy tribal casinos.Democrats, who’ve been saying “everything is on the table” when it comes to balancing the state budget, seem inclined to leave this idea in the freezer. Democrats control the House, Senate and governor’s office.
Jennifer Kanna, Benjamin Fulwiler’s mother, is consoled by friends at a vigil to celebrate what would have been his 12th birthday. Dozens of people blocked the intersection of 27th and Main streets in downtown Vancouver on Tuesday evening to both celebrate the life of Benjamin Fulwiler, 11, and protest against a C-Tran route where he was fatally injured April 28 when his bicycle collided with a bus.Participants in the candlelight vigil, organized by the boy’s family and friends, held a banner depicting a photograph of the Pacific Middle School sixth-grader and the words, “Happy 12th Birthday, Benjamin.” Tuesday marked his birthday.Just as the group assembled across 27th, southbound Bus 37 slowed on Main in anticipation of its usual left turn onto 27th. The driver, seeing the demonstrators in the intersection, continued on Main instead. The bus had made that left turn onto 27th when the collision that killed Benjamin occurred.“We are taking back 27th Street from C-Tran,” shouted Jennie Stanavech, a close friend to Benjamin’s mother, Jennifer Kanna. “No more left turns. It’s dangerous.”At the same time, Benjamin’s aunt, Stephanie Kanna, complained to the C-Tran Board of Directors at their meeting Tuesday evening that Route 37 is unsafe.
Lorraine Harrington is shy but cheerful by nature. Sometimes she closes her apartment door and keeps to herself. But she really loves putting on a big smile and hitting the town.That’s not always easy for the 67-year-old resident of Columbia House, a downtown senior-citizen apartment building owned and operated by the Vancouver Housing Authority. It’s even less easy for many of her friends, who aren’t as healthy and as mobile as she is.“I am lucky, so far. Most people here have medical problems,” she said. “A lot of them can’t go anywhere.”So Harrington, president of the Columbia House residents’ committee, is gushing with praise for a new transportation program masterminded by VHA and its AmeriCorps/VISTA volunteer, Adna Tanjo. So far, the shuttle program is limited to a farmers market trip every other Sunday morning, but Tanjo is hoping it’ll blossom next spring into a more frequent service with regular visits to grocery stores, doctor offices, community centers — and even charter outings to fun occasions like the Clark County Fair.Seven downtown senior-citizen buildings have signed on to a cooperative plan to use and support the service. In addition to three VHA properties — Columbia House, Van Vista Plaza and Vista Court Senior Apartments — there are four private partners, too. They are Smith Tower, Kirkland Union Plaza, Knights of Pythias and Lewis and Clark Plaza.That means a grand total of 770 residents and potential riders, Tanjo said. The program is dubbed “Plan 770.”Tanjo doesn’t want to displace C-Tran, the Human Services Council, or any other transit service that’s already shuttling senior citizens around downtown, she said. She just wants to fill in some of the blanks they’re missing. For example, she said, it takes a hurried transfer between C-Tran buses to get from the west side over to the Marshall and Luepke centers. That’s just not possible for a slow-moving senior in a wheelchair or walker.
The Bonneville Power Administration is a federal agency that manages the Northwest power grid, including several Columbia River dams. The BPA’s sprawling transmission system covers all of Washington, Oregon and Idaho, plus parts of Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and California.The power marketing agency brought in more than $3.2 billion in revenue in 2011.From 500 feet up, much of the route looks rugged and remote. The proposed footprint of a new high-powered transmission line crosses large swaths of forestland as it snakes through east and north Clark County.For Dave and Kelli Merriman, the project is more than a line on a map. They hold a different view: The view out their living room window.“That’s all going to change drastically. It’s not going to be the same,” said Kelli, sitting in the family’s home off Sunset Falls Road. “You can’t put a price on this.”As the Bonneville Power Administration narrows its focus around the proposed 500-kilovolt line through Clark and Cowlitz counties, the level of detail in planning has increased. So has the level of urgency for the landowners whose properties sit along the preferred route identified in November. At least one citizen group has hired a Seattle-based law firm, preparing for a legal fight. Click to enlarge
What: Dozer Day, a fairlike event where kids get to ride and drive heavy construction equipment, play in a pipe tunnel and dig for diamonds.Where: Cemex/Fisher Quarry, on the west side of Northeast 192nd Avenue and Brady Road intersection. Visitors are encouraged to take C-Tran from the Northeast 164th Street Park & Ride to the event. The bus costs $2, and riders will get a free souvenir.When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday .Cost: At the gate, $8 for children ages 2-12 and seniors age 55 and older, $10 for adults, and free for kids under 2. Most events are free with admission. Bring cash for food and drink. No ATM on site.Information: Nutter FoundationRanee Nutter relies on some expert help as she plans the kids construction playground that is Dozer Day.Each year, her two children — Jerry, 16, and Sammi, 13 — help her create new attractions at the two-day event, she said.“They come to me all the time with great ideas,” Nutter said. “They thought of the scavenger hunt. Who better to plan a big kid’s party than a kid?” Dozer Day, in its ninth year, draws about 20,000 people over the weekend. About 900 volunteers and a host of local companies take kids on dump truck rides, show them how to run equipment and build pipe tunnel playgrounds for them.
Vancouver police Officer Dustin Goudschaal and his wife, Kate, sent a statement for a family friend to read at Monday’s Vancouver City Council meeting, thanking Earlene “Sam” Anderson, James Bridger and local law enforcement efforts. The Vancouver City Council honored two people who stopped to help a police officer after he was shot last week on the city’s east side. Fellow officers lined the walls of the council chambers during Monday evening’s meeting as the life-saving efforts of Earlene “Sam” Anderson and of James Bridger efforts were recalled. Motorcycle officer Dustin Goudschaal was shot at around 11:30 a.m. June 30 during a traffic stop. Anderson was on her way to a work luncheon when she stopped to help him on Northeast 34th Street. Goudschaal is now recovering at home.“He said, ‘Help me,’ ” Anderson said, and told her there was a bandage in his pants pocket. She began applying the bandage when Bridger stopped and took over wrapping the wound.Bridger then grabbed Goudschaal’s police radio to tell 911 that the officer had been shot and they needed help immediately.“I called it a God shot; I was able to be at the right place at the right time,” Bridger said. “I know I didn’t sleep at all that night. I was praying really hard for him and his family.”Bridger visited Goudschaal while he was hospitalized at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Although Anderson hasn’t had a chance to visit Goudschaal since the shooting, she said she hopes to see how he’s doing.
JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Speaking with Inside Asian Gaming just four months after taking over from Geoff Freeman as head of the AGA, Miller revealed he would be actively supporting American operators in Japan based on their economic achievements back home.“Ultimately when you are looking around for the best operators, they are the ones that care, that make investments in communities, that show their commitment to the local communities in which they operate, and I think American operators have a very good story to tell,” Miller, whose background includes 12 years as National Political Director for the US Chamber of Commerce, tells IAG.“I’ve been to Las Vegas many times since I began this job but I’ve also been to tribal properties and I’ve seen what the gaming industry has meant both from a commercial perspective and from a tribal perspective.“I’m a Chamber of Commerce guy at heart and I absolutely believe that you need economic hooks to create communities and whether it be a hospital, a university, a casino or IR, this ecosystem is a very positive one in communities across the country.“As the Japanese government is going through the decision-making process – and they’ve designed what an IR should look like in their opinion – they will ultimately have to look to those operators who are in-market today and applying those values, and I think our guys have a very good story to tell.”Miller also pointed to the impending license re-tendering process facing Macau’s six concessionaires – three of which are US-based – as a key issue for the AGA over the coming years.Asked whether he foresaw any problems befalling Sands, MGM or Wynn in successfully bidding for new licenses, Miller said, “I think Macau is a great success story because of the partnership between the commercial operators – be they American or other – and the Macanese government.“My view is that the American operators that have invested in Macau, that have made long-term commitments there and continue to drive innovation, are very important players in the economy and I think that should continue.” The new President and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA), Bill Miller, says the strong track record of US casino operators in providing a positive economic impact to the communities in which they operate should be a key consideration for Japanese authorities when it comes to issuing IR licenses.US operators rank among the most prominent contenders for the three Japan licenses on offer, with Las Vegas giants MGM Resorts, Las Vegas Sands, Caesars Entertainment and Wynn Resorts lining up alongside regional candidates such as Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, Rush Street Gaming and Foxwoods. Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move RelatedPosts Load More Suncity Group looking to develop new resort hotel in Okinawa, Japan after US$10 million land purchase
Bloomberry Resorts Corporation has announced the establishment of a new corporate entity, Bloomberry Cruise Terminals Inc. (BCTI), tasked with developing, managing and operating cruise terminals.Described as a complementary line of business to the tourism and leisure business of Bloomberry, which owns and operates Manila’s Solaire Resort and Casino, BCTI will start with a new cruise port being developed in Salomague in the northern Philippines where Bloomberry subsidiary Sureste was recently awarded a 10-year lease by the Philippines Port Authority. Megaworld insists POGO exposure “small and manageable” as license moratorium sees share price tumble RelatedPosts G2E Asia officially announces new Philippines expo Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Load More It will also manage the US$308 million cruise ship port to be built alongside Solaire in Manila’s Entertainment City“The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) has recently approved the designation of the proposed Solaire Cruise Center and Yacht Harbor as a Tourism Enterprise Zone (TEZ), subject to certain conditions,” Bloomberry said.When complete, the new Entertainment City port will not only include terminal facilities but expanded entertainment facilities such as retail, dining, maritime recreation options and public esplanades.Bloomberry has previously stated its intention to begin construction of the cruise port in 3Q19 with Phase 1 to be completed in 2021.
However, Zilio said his brush with crime-fighting will also be his last. “With great power comes great responsibility. It is my responsibility to encourage the fact of, yes, there are licensed street performers around often, in superhero costume, but no, we do not often intervene and fight crime,” he said.Workers say the woman actually bought a costume but grabbed something else when she was leaving the store. Security tried to stop her, but when she broke free, Spider-Man was there.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. TORONTO (WSVN) — A man dressed in a Spider-Man costume actually saved the day when he helped stop a shoplifter.Spider-Man may be Peter Parker (or Miles Morales) in the comics, but in real-life Toronto, he goes by Mark Zilio.“I’m Toronto’s Spider-Man. I’ve been working in the core of Downtown Toronto for the last four years as a busker and street performer,” Zilio said.Zilio was performing outside of a costume shop on Monday when he actually had to fight crime. “Oddly enough on Halloween, the one day when there’s the most Spider-Men around, not just me, is the day when I wind up stopping a crime,” he said.Cellphone video shows Zilio, in full costume, helping stop a suspected shoplifter.“She was very squirmy, squiggled her way out,” he said. “I was working here on the sidewalk. I never want to become involved in these types of things. I don’t want to lose my busking license. I’m not trained to handle someone while they’re hostile or needing to be held down.”Store manager Sanjoy Kandu said he was both impressed and entertained. “Spidey, come on, it’s a great thing,” he said. “Peter Parker helping out as security guard at that moment, it was great.”
COCONUT GROVE, FLA. (WSVN) – – Three Miami-Dade schools received new music labs to help students find their inner musicians.Students and teachers at Frances Tucker Elementary school in Coconut Grove were honored with an electronic keyboard lab.Miami Springs Elementary and Earlington Heights Elementary also received keyboard labs from a New York-based nonprofit organization.The Music and the Brain grant is dedicated to helping students learn to read and play music. The program has funded art investments in more than 250 public schools.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A hotel worker is behind bars hours after, police said, he stuck and killed a woman in Miami Beach , early Sunday morning.According to Miami Beach Police, 31-year-old Angel Cuesta struck the victim while she was crossing Collins Avenue near 38th Street.Poilce were dispatched to the scene of the crash at around 3:30 a.m.Paramedics rushed the pedestrian to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where she later died.Investigators said Cuesta was driving a car that was parked valet at the nearby Red Rock Hotel, where he works the front desk.One witness said he tried to stop Cuesta, but he took off. “I don’t know if he saw me in the mirror when I run after him. That’s why he kept going; he changed his mind,” said Joseph Deceus. “He sees that somebody saw something and then he leaves. He don’t care.”A silver Chevy Cruze believed to be the vehicle involved was later located at a condominium along Indian Creek Drive. Police initially questioned Cuesta as a person of interest, but on Sunday afternoon, they charged him with leaving the scene of a crash resulting in death.Investigators have not yet identified the victim.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
BAL HARBOUR, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials have issued a precautionary boil water order in Bal Harbour on Sunday due to a water main break in the area.The temporary loss of water following the rupture led officials to take the precautionary measure. Residents are urged to bring all water used for drinking or cooking purposes to a rolling boil for at least one minute.The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department will be sampling the water. The restriction will be lifted as soon as tested samples are given the all clear.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. TAMARAC. FLA. (WSVN) – – Deputies said a man who was reported missing has been found dead in Tamarac.Forty-year-old Mackoni Hall was found dead on Wednesday morning behind an abandoned building in the 3700 block of West Commercial Boulevard.A contractor reached out to the Broward Sheriff’s Office after he found Hall’s body behind the building at around 11:30 a.m.The Hollywood man was last seen alive on March 13 at around 2 p.m. leaving Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.BSO continues to search for the victim’s vehicle, which was said to be a gold 2008 Dodge Caliber with a Florida tag 344YVA.The death is being investigated as a homicide.If you have any information on this man’s death, 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.
Under the proposed settlement, the State will retain the $224 million already collected, and will collect at least $165 million of additional revenue. Chief assistant attorney general for regulatory affairs and public advocacy, John Ptacin: ”Over time, we believe that’ll translate into over a billion dollars additional revenue to the state.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The State of Alaska has agreed to settle dozens of cases involving Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) tariff rates for the years 2009-2015. In addition, the carriers will agree that approximately $625 million of costs associated with strategic reconfiguration, a project which automated and electrified equipment along the TAPS pipeline, will never be placed in TAPS tariff rates, keeping rates low into the future. According to a release from the State Department of Law, this settlement will likely increase the value of Alaska North Slope (ANS) crude for tax and royalty purposes. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Tarrif-settlement.mp3VmJennifer-on-Tarrif-settlement.mp300:00RPd To help keep future disputes about TAPS tariff rates to a minimum, the State and the carriers also agreed to use a settlement methodology to calculate interstate TAPS tariff rates through 2021. The settlement is subject to regulatory approval before it is final. In the legal settlement announced earlier in December, the State asserted that TAPS tariff rates were too high, resulting in reduced royalty and tax obligations by the shippers who utilize TAPS.
In a letter to the City Council Ostrander stated that in its first year of operation the Kenai Eagle Cam wassuccessful, and in just the first summer of operations, the Eagle Cam was viewed for 2,083,618 minutes. City Manager Paul Ostrander said the new camera will provide a higher definition picture, superior low light picture and enhance audio capabilities at a cost of approximately $1 ,600. City Council Member Jim Glendening spoke at the meeting about how positive this project has been for the community: “This is an exciting event, I receive comments from friends and family outside when I told them about the observations we are making, and it’s a positive thing to market our summer in Kenai.” In 2017 the City, partnered with the Kenai Chamber of Commerce to begin streaming live images of a nesting eagle pair. According to the ordinance in order to enhance the quality of the stream, a new camera was proposed Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai City Council approved an ordinance at their meeting on Wednesday, February 21, to appropriate $1,600 for a new eagle camera. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Eagle-Cam-upgrade.mp3VmJennifer-on-Eagle-Cam-upgrade.mp300:00RPd
The most popular option is the proposed seasonal sales tax, council members also considered raising the general sales tax by half a percent, implementing a potential bed tax, using the general fund balance, raising property taxes by 1 mill and reappropriating general fund reserves. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Homer City Council held a work session on March 27 to look at potential scenarios for a bond to help cover the cost of the new police station. Homer Mayor Bryan Zak: “We want to move forward making the right decision, but in order to do that we wanted additional time and opportunity to focus on all of the information we already have.” The 1% seasonal sales tax increase would be in place 6 months out of year. Council members stated that the seasonal sales tax would potentially lessen some of the burden on Homer residents, and shift it more to the seasonal visitors. In a letter to the council from Homer City Manager Katie Koester, selecting a revenue source to make bond payments is a tough subject and may require additional worksessions. In order to put a bond question on the October 2018 ballot, the Council would need to pass an ordinance by the last and only meeting in July. According to the council, the city plans to go out to bond to cover the cost of the new station, estimated at $7.5 million. The city currently has $2.5 million designated to the project. A decision on details for an Ordinance should be hammered out for introduction in June at the latest. The council plans to draft an Ordinance for consideration by Council this summer and a ballot question for the voters in the fall.
The route for the parade starts down Fidalgo Ave, left on Willow Street, right on the Kenai Spur Hwy, and then a right on Main Street Loop. Kenai Chamber of Commerce President Johna Beech says the parade lineup will be from 8-10 a.m., on Trading Bay Road with the parade itself starting at 11 a.m. Beech: “Be mindful that we will be closing down the Spur Hwy from 11-12:30pm for the Parade. KPD does a great job of rerouting traffic, but if you are in a hurry that’s not the day to be in a hurry. I can’t believe we are almost here, but it looks like it’s going to be another great 4th of July.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai’s annual Fourth of July Parade will close the Kenai Spur Highway for close to two hours on Wednesday. The midway festivities are from noon to 4 p.m., with various vendors, a beer garden sponsored by Kassiks Brewery, and a kids carnival.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享FEMA representatives have opened a temporary office at the North Peninsula Recreation Center in Nikiski. The FEMA temporary office is open 10am to 7pm Monday through Friday and 10am to 1pm on Saturday, this week and next week ending March 2. You must apply for Federal Individual Assistance even if you have already applied for State Individual Assistance. The major disaster declaration issued on January 31 for the state of Alaska makes federal funding available to eligible affected individuals in the Municipality of Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and Kenai Peninsula Borough. Residents whose homes were affected by the 7.0 earthquake on November 30 are encouraged to apply for the Federal Individual Assistance program. The deadline to apply for FEMA Individual Assistance is April 1. Announcements will be provided for locations in Homer and Seward. You may also apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov.