Information from an Illinois Soybean Association press release.The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) is donating more than 800 children’s books to more than 70 Chicago-area libraries. This week ISA collaborated with Chicago Public Library, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois legislators to present books at Better Boys Foundation.“Literacy is critical to creating an economically vibrant Chicago, and by donating these books to Chicago Public Library, the ISA has shown its commitment to supporting the education of Chicago’s children,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel in an ISA news release.Each library received three copies of “Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic” and 10 copies of “Soybeans: An A-Z Book.” According to the Educational Testing Service, more types of reading materials in the home correlate with higher student reading proficiency. ISA is proud to contribute to the variety and number of books available to Chicago-area children and to help educate them about food and farming.“Illinois agriculture provides our children with many occupational opportunities,” said Duane Dahlman, a Marengo, Ill., farmer and ISA director, in the news release. “We are working to make agriculture more visible among children and viable as a career choice.”Agriculture is Illinois’ No. 1 industry in terms of economic impact and, according to the USDA. Illinois soybeans contribute about $5.9 billion to the state’s economy annually. Directly and indirectly, the Illinois agriculture industry creates about 1.5 million jobs, according to the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
WASHINGTON — Under fierce election-year fire, President Barack Obama on Friday abruptly abandoned his stand that religious organizations must pay for birth control for workers, scrambling to end a furor raging from the Catholic Church to Congress to his re-election foes. He demanded that insurance companies step in to provide the coverage instead.Obama’s compromise means ultimately that women would still get birth control without having to pay for it, no matter where they work. The president insisted he had stuck by that driving principle even in switching his approach, and the White House vehemently rejected any characterization that Obama had retreated under pressure.Yet there was no doubt that Obama had found himself in an untenable position. He needed to walk back fast and find another route to his goal.The controversy over contraception and religious liberty was overshadowing his agenda, threatening to alienate key voters and giving ammunition to the Republicans running for his job. It was a mess that knocked the White House off its message and vision for a second term.Leaders from opposite sides of the divisive debate said they supported the outcome — or at least suggested they probably could live with it. Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan of New York, the head of the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops and a fierce critic of the original rule covering hospitals and other employers, said the bishops were reserving judgment but that Obama’s move was a good first step.
OREGON CITY, Ore. — Authorities say an Oregon man practicing drawing and holstering his handgun for a job guarding armored vehicles fired a shot that killed a 9-year-old girl.Police in Oregon City said the shot came from the house and struck the girl in the head as she was playing in the backyard.An earlier Associated Press story that indicated the man was cleaning his gun when the incident occurred has since been corrected. Police said they are investigating the shooting Monday as an accident but wouldn’t formally make a determination until their investigation is complete. They said no decision had been made about charges.The girl was identified Monday as Shayla May Shonneker. Police said the man was 32-year-old Joseph Wolters, who lives at the home with the girl’s mother. Police said he recently got a security job with an armored transport company and was preparing for a qualifying procedure.Wolters, who is a decorated Iraq veteran, was arrested in 2007 after the U.S. Military mistakenly claimed Wolters was a deserter.
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon’s effort to account for tens of thousands of Americans missing in action from foreign wars is so inept, mismanaged and wasteful that it risks descending from “dysfunction to total failure,” according to an internal study suppressed by military officials.Largely beyond the public spotlight, the decades-old pursuit of bones and other MIA evidence is sluggish, often duplicative and subjected to too little scientific rigor, the report says.The Associated Press obtained a copy of the internal study after Freedom of Information Act requests for it by others were denied.The report paints a picture of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, a military-run group known as JPAC and headed by a two-star general, as woefully inept and even corrupt. The command is digging up too few clues on former battlefields, relying on inaccurate databases and engaging in expensive “boondoggles” in Europe, the study concludes.In North Korea, the JPAC was snookered into digging up remains between 1996 and 2000 that the North Koreans apparently had taken out of storage and planted in former American fighting positions, the report said. Washington paid the North Koreans hundreds of thousands of dollars to “support” these excavations.Some recovered bones had been drilled or cut, suggesting they had been used by the North Koreans to make a lab skeleton. Some of those remains have since been identified, but their compromised condition added time and expense and “cast doubt over all of the evidence recovered” in North Korea, the study said. This practice of “salting” recovery sites was confirmed to the AP by one U.S. participant.
About 50 environmental activists paraded and chanted Monday morning near the entrance to the Port of Vancouver, in the latest protest against proposed construction of an oil-transfer terminal at the port.The demonstration was organized by the Portland and Vancouver chapters of Rising Tide, an environmental group that is focused on “confronting the root causes of climate change,” said Stephen Quirke, a Portland member. Rising Tide is opposed to a proposal by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies to build a $110 million terminal at the port. The Port of Vancouver commission has unanimously approved a lease for the proposal, which is undergoing a lengthy environmental review by the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, or EFSEC. Several hundred people attended an EFSEC hearing last week in Vancouver, and a vast majority registered their opposition to the project. Gov. Jay Inslee will make the final call on the project. Demonstrators carried signs as they circled the roadway leading into the port’s main checkpoint, but they stood back to allow trucks to enter or leave. Vancouver police and port security personnel were on hand, but demonstrators said they did not intend to break any laws. Many chanted: “No tankers. No pipelines. No oil on the rail lines.”Quirke said he and others are concerned about safety issues surrounding the terminal, in addition to the continued use of fossil fuels for energy. “We’re just here to say the port shouldn’t be doing this,” Quirke said.
A Ridgefield man appeared Friday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of strangling his girlfriend early Christmas morning after allegedly blaming her for overheating his bed.Cody L. Thayer, 26, is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 8 on a charge of second-degree assault domestic violence. Judge Robert Lewis released Thayer on conditions, including having no contact with his 27-year-old girlfriend. The judge appointed Gerry Wear to defend Thayer.The girlfriend said after falling asleep in the bed with Thayer, she awoke in the middle of the night to the sound of her boyfriend’s “yelling at her for making him too hot,” according to a court affidavit by Vancouver police Officer Robin Griffith.She got out of the bed and was sitting on the floor to change her clothes when Thayer pulled her by her hair, hit her on the right side of the face and dragged her head to the floor, Griffith wrote.He then held her down on the ground by her neck, causing pain and hampering her breathing, the affidavit says. The officer wrote that she could see marks on the victim’s neck.
The Philippine Department of Justice (DOJ) has recommended charges be filed against Kazuo Okada for alleged fraud during his tenure as Chairman of Okada Manila operator Tiger Resort Leisure and Entertainment, Inc. (TRLEI).The DOJ’s resolution was made public on Monday and reverses a ruling by the Office of the City Prosecutor in Parañaque in May dismissing fraud charges laid against the controversial Japanese gaming mogul. Load More 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gambling RelatedPosts Okada is accused of acquiring more than US$3 million through three instances of “mistake or fraud” before he was ousted from the board following discovery of the anomalies in 2017.TRLEI’s parent company, Universal Entertainment Corp, first alleged in June last year that it had uncovered evidence that Okada had transferred HK$135 million on 20 March 2015 from Tiger Resort Asia Ltd to a third party. HK$130 million was then transferred to Okada Holdings Ltd with the purpose of achieving “personal benefit for Chairman Okada.”Two more alleged instances of fraud were discovered a month later, including a US$80 million bank loan granted to Okada Holdings Ltd – a company entirely owned by Okada and his relatives of which Okada was the only director at the time – in February 2014 for the purchase of land in Korea, and the issuance of a bearer check in the amount of HK$16 million from a bank account under the name of Tiger Resort Asia Limited in 2015. Okada is alleged to have then withdrawn HK$16 million from a Tiger Resort Asia Limited account based on this check three days later.The Philippine DOJ stated in its resolution this week that the US$3 million amount to which Okada is said to have benefited was not approved by the TRLEI board as required by the company’s by-laws.“Such actions … in violation of the complainant’s by-laws is enough probable cause to conclude that the release of amounts were irregular and done to the prejudice of the complainant,” the resolution states.In a recent lengthy interview with Inside Asian Gaming, Okada claimed he had been set up by factions within Universal Entertainment Corp and outlined his intent to eventually regain control of the company.
National House Building Council (NHBC) has appointed Louise Johnson reward consultant. In this role, Johnson will support the selection, management and communication of benefits, as well as tackle HR and reward review projects.Previously, Johnson worked as HR associate at German pharmaceutical organisation Grünenthal.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying two suspects who robbed a 7-Eleven in Fort Lauderdale.Officials said it happened in early August, at a store located near Southwest 14th Court and West McNab Road.Surveillance video captured one of the men pulling out a gun and demanding cash while the other reached for the cash register.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.
– Tuesday: A-F– Wednesday: G-P– Thursday: Q-Z“It’s much appreciated,” said Broward resident Cody Munday. “We had all our food in our refrigerator go bad when we had the power out for a few days.”Officials recommend residents pre-register online and that they bring identification, their Social Security number and date of birth of everyone in their household.To pre-register online for the Food for Florida program, go to www.myflfamilies.com/fff.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – The Food for Florida Event being held at Hard Rock Stadium has reached full capacity, Wednesday afternoon, as hundreds of people lined up to receive food assistance.Thousands of people lined up at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami-Dade and the BB&T Center in Broward in search of relief after suffering losses in the wake of Hurricane Irma.The Florida Department of Children and Families organized the event, being held Tuesday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., to hand out emergency food stamps as part of the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Program.“Everything is good, everything is good,” said a man in Spanish as he walked out of the stadium, pre-loaded access card in hand.During the event, a woman required emergency medical care.“One person in the household can come and represent the whole family, bring all the information about the family members,” said DCF spokesperson Gilda Ferradaz. “Therefore, we could be be able to cut the number of people in the lines and [help avoid] those kinds of incidents. Although, as you can see, we have golf carts, we have wheelchairs, we have ice and water. [We’re] trying to keep the people as comfortable as possible.”Recipients said the line moved smoothly, considering the number of people at the Miami Gardens venue. However, just before 2:30 p.m., officials closed the lines at Hard Rock Stadium after they reached capacity. Officials said those already in line will be helped, but anyone else will be asked to come back Thursday.Irma took a toll on Miami-Dade families when it blew through South Florida in late September. “As I have to try to feed four people, and all my food has done spoiled,” said Miami-Dade resident Dolly Leverson.More than 22,000 people stood in line at Hard Rock Stadium on Tuesday.7News cameras also captured long lines at the BB&T Center on Wednesday, as people showed up early in an effort to avoid a lengthy wait.“The wait’s not bad. It’s peen going pretty good,” said Broward resident Robert Munday. “People have been real nice.”The overall consensus about how DCF handled the process stands in stark contrast with D-SNAP distributions in October. Residents who showed up at four assistance centers in Miami-Dade and Broward waited for hours under sweltering conditions.This time, officials said, they have taken steps to ease the burden. For example, DCF has assigned specific days based on a person’s last name:
MIAMI (WSVN) – A corrections officer was arrested, accused of bringing contraband into the Everglades Correctional Institution in Miami.Officer Evelyn Bruton was taken into custody Thursday morning.According to officials, Bruton sped off when officers attempted to inspect her car. A short chase ensued, but she was caught soon after.The Florida Department of Corrections released a statement, which reads, “Any officer found to be engaging in the introduction of contraband is subject to arrest and dismissal. The actions of this officer are unacceptable and do not align with the professional standards we hold for all FDC staff.”Bruton’s charges are unknown at this time.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. #BSFR is on the scene of a single engine Cessna which suffered mechanical problems and landed in the eastbound lanes of Alligator Alley MM30. 2 Souls on board, no injuries, roadway is open. pic.twitter.com/WtIPrSnEfC— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) August 18, 2018 First responders were met by the two occupants of the aircraft. They were on what was supposed to be a one-hour training flight from Punta Gorda, on Florida’s West coast, to the Miami-Opa locka Executive Airport, when they were suddenly forced to make a new plan — fast.Thankfully, officials said, there were no vehicles on the eastbound lanes at the time of the landing.“They went through their emergency procedures, found a good spot to land, saw there was no traffic,” said Luy. “You know, considering we’re surrounded by lots of Everglades, they picked a clear piece of asphalt to land on.”The aircraft was parked on the right shoulder of the highway, just west of the eastern toll plaza.No one was hurt, and the aircraft did not appear to have suffered any structural damage.As crews worked until late Saturday night disassembling the plane for easy transport, highway workers said this is something you don’t see every day.“You normally see alligators out here, not planes,” said a worker. WEST BROWARD, FLA. (WSVN) – A short training flight above South Florida came to an abrupt and unexpected end after a mechanical issue forced the pilot of a small plane to make an emergency landing on Alligator Alley in West Broward.Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue responded to the scene on the eastbound lanes near Mile Marker 32, Saturday, just after 5:30 p.m.According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the single-engine Cessna 172 landed at around 5:15 p.m.Eddie Luy with the Wayman Aviation Academy said the aircraft suffered mechanical problems, forcing the instructor and student pilot on board to touch down on the highway.“They had some roughness in the engine, so they had a precautionary safety landing,” he said. “At this time of year, with the wetness and the moisture in the air, we see often what’s called carburetor icing. It restricts fuel flow.”
MIAMI (WSVN) – Rescue crews have taken two young men to the hospital after they were shot in a busy Miami street.City of Miami Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the shooting near Northeast Second Avenue and 70th Street, just before 5 p.m., Friday. PIO is on scene at the media staging area located at N.E. 2nd Ave and N.E. 71st St in reference to two young adult males who were shot. Both were transported to Jackson Memorial Trauma Center where one is listed in critical condition and the other is listed in stable condition. pic.twitter.com/h6CEHReCco— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) March 22, 2019Officials said they received a shot spotter alert in that area. Responding officers found the victims with gunshot wounds.Paramedics transported them to Ryder Trauma Center. Officials said one of the victims is listed in critical condition and the other in stable condition.No other injuries were reported. Police have shut down Northeast Second Avenue between 68th Terrace and 71st Street as they continue to investigate. They have urged drivers to avoid the area and seek alternate routes.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating after a 17-year-old was shot in Southwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to the area of Southwest 146th Street and 106th Court around 11:45 a.m. on Monday.According to police, the 17-year-old walked into his backyard and was shot.He was transported to Jackson Memorial South as a trauma alert patient.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.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. DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida pianist will attend a prestigious Boston music college after he earned the Emilio and Gloria Estefan scholarship.Sergio De Miguel Jorquera was presented with the scholarship at the Latin Recording Academy in Doral, Wednesday.The 17-year-old’s dreams of becoming a professional musician are coming true thanks to the scholarship worth up to $200,000.He said he will apply the money towards a four-year bachelor degree at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, which is the largest independent college of contemporary music.“You can see so much talent in him, and you can see his passion,” Gloria Estefan said. “He transforms when he sits at the piano and just pours it all out into his music.”“It was a big surprise for me,” Jorguera said. “I was excited but also nervous for coming here. The main thing I love about music is that we can connect with people of all over the world. It’s not important the language.”He will begin his studies at the college in August.
NORTH MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami Dolphins running back Mark Walton pleaded no contest to a weapon charge in court on Monday.Standing before a judge, the 22-year-old was ordered to serve six months of probation to a misdemeanor weapon charge.He was also ordered to take an anger management course, a driving course and will not have his firearm returned.On March 12, Walton could be seen on police bodycam video running from officers before getting shocked with a Taser.Officials said the chase took place after the running back fled from his rented BMW. Police said a weapon and marijuana were found inside the vehicle.Walton fled from police that night but later turned himself in.All other charges Walton had been facing were dismissed. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The Seward Highway is reopened. Expect possible delays. According to the Department of Transportation, maintenance and operations will be responding to any reports of damage and inspecting all bridges following the earthquake this morning. The Seward Highway at Milepost 112, by McHugh Creek, is closed due to a rock slide in the area. Original Post: Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Update: 1:08pm Updates will be posted as they are made available.
Soon after the Nov. 5 start of the Writers Guild strike, one thing became quickly apparent at Variety: This event was going to require a lot of enterprise. It’s arguably Hollywood’s biggest story in 20 years and needs extensive coverage, but frankly, how many times can you say, “They’re still not talking and the whole town is anxious”?Strike coverage became a mini-industry at the paper/Web site. Every day we have a news meeting to discuss the stories for the following day’s paper: What goes on page 1, what can hold, etc.But the strike meant regular sub-meetings: What’s happening on the talk show circuit, what’s going on in primetime, how are film studios changing their schedules—and, of course, what’s the progress in negotiations. For the first time, Variety commissioned surveys of readers. The overwhelming majority of readers were supportive but pessimistic, declaring that the strike was necessary—but doubtful that the writers would achieve their goals.Our reporter Dave McNary covers the guilds, which usually involves elections, procedural stuff and awards. Now his beat became a 24/7 task and we reminded the other reporters that the strike wasn’t just Dave’s beat—it was everybody’s.This was basically a TV strike, so the TV reporters and editors immediately rose to the challenge. Everybody talked to picketers, tapped into old sources while currying new ones, and then pooled information.This was the first Hollywood strike fueled by—and negotiated on—the Web. Information was disseminated quickly by both sides. In turn, Variety was forced to address our Web initiatives more wholly than we ever had before. Stories would break online, we would update them constantly, we would be on high alert all the time and we would staff up for possible news. It became a Web story first. A print story second.For the first few weeks, it was exhilarating. There was electricity in the air because we knew this was a Big Story, affecting the way the business works, changing lives and livelihoods.Editorially, it meant long, hard days during the holiday season—when, like most other newspapers, we would have had smaller papers, end-of-year news and routine stories. But now we had difficult weeks with up to four strike stories each day. Our front pages took on new looks. We packaged things like never before. Stories about agencies firing staff, restaurants losing business, potential award show cancellations. What usually was a time for Oscar buzz quickly became a time to make our issues more centralized on developed strike coverage. It was a textbook study in how one story can produce many angles.After a few weeks of those long workdays (and often no rest on weekends), the electricity in the air started to short-circuit, and the great fountain of ideas gave way to tedium. Stories were well-reported, but sometimes a little disorganized (editors took care of that). At one point, we forced McNary to take a 48-hour hiatus.Occasionally we’d have to tell ourselves not to concentrate solely on repercussions, but to go back to the basics and remind people of the issues—and numbers—involved.The strike dovetailed with awards season, creating a de facto timetable: Will the strike be settled before the Oscars? And details on awards-show negotiations provided a metaphor for the bigger picture, since they revealed both sides’ tactics, as well as the roles of other guilds—notably the Screen Actors Guild—and the ripple effect on other big-bucks aspects of the industry.When the Golden Globes were in effect cancelled, we were able to see tangible effects of the strike. All of a sudden, everyone was affected, because parties, red carpets and fashion moments—each of which generates big bucks—were officially nixed.In the 10 days leading up to the Globes, we were getting a new rumor every 15 minutes as Dick Clark Productions, the HFPA (which gives out the Globes), NBC and the WGA issued new info or negated rumors we’d heard. As it looks like the strike is winding down, it’s good to think that everyone will be back to work again. Now all we have to do is deal with the fact that our adrenaline is totally out of whack.
On a largeaccount, you may never meet or call on the CMO. But by “following ” themon Twitter you can gain insight into the mind, values, and where aboutsof the person setting the tone and direction for an organizationsmarketing. Let’s get started. Check this list ofCMOs who are on Twitter maintained by by Systemic Marketing to see ifyou already know a CMO on Twitter. Hey, that’s Zinio’s CMO JeannieyMullen at #33 on the list. See? I already know a CMO on Twitter. I’ll bet you do too! One great way to get on the “inside” of an account is to follow key marketing decision-makers on Twitter. Anyone can “follow” anyonewith a Twitter account, and by “following” a marketing executive youwill receive a steady stream of anecdotal information that can betterhelp you understand and ultimately sell the account.Thequestion is, who in your client’s marketing department is onTwitter? I’ve noticed that most ad managers and people focused oninternal functions are often not. Even though Twitter is all the rage,most people who start do not continue. A recent survey by Nielsen foundthat slightly less than 60 percent of Twitter beginners continue after a month. Inbusiness, the people who tend to keep Tweeting are ones who find abusiness benefit. For internal people, like media buyers, once thenovelty wears of it can be hard to justify the time, effort anddiscipline required to keep up a steady flow of Tweets. But a chief marketing officer who Tweets can attract positiveattention for an organization. Since most will assume they are involvedin company policy, when their posts generate a positive reaction,it reflects on the company. That is a business benefit.
Bon Appetit announced several new staff changes. Alex Grossman is now design director, joining the magazine from agency AR New York. Alex Pollack will join the magazine on February 7 from New York. Meanwhile, former Saveur test kitchen director Hunter Lewis is named food editor, Scott DeSimon as special projects editor and Christopher Hirsheimer, Melissa Hamilton, Jenny Rosenstrach and Andy Ward as columnists. Christine Muhlke and Meghan Sutherland were previously named executive editor and deputy editor, respectively. Earlier this month Bon Appetit named a new publisher in Pamela Drucker Mann. Enthusiast publisher Interweave named Mindy Brooks editor of Beadworks, replacing Melinda Barta, who will continue to work with the magazine in a part-time role. Brooks most recently was senior editor and Internet director for Reader’s Digest Association’s Home & Garden Affinity division. Ed Baker will lead corporate sales efforts for Bonnier’s newly formed Special Interest Group. Baker will oversee nonendemic sales across the travel, water sports, and marine brands of the unit. National Journal Group named Maggie Fox as managing editor of technology and health care. She joins National Journal from Thomson Reuters where she worked for 21 years, most recently as health and science editor.