first_imgThis week the U.S. Senate is considering S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act(EPMA), a comprehensive energy bill that includes provisions ranging from energy efficiency to modernizing the nation’s electricity transmission grid and funding for energy research.  There has also been 231 amendments filed so far, including several aimed at eliminating ethanol from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) or eliminating the RFS entirely.   Senate leaders hope to pass the bill this week with a strong bipartisan vote and are trying to fend off any controversial amendments.  The RFS related amendments are among the controversial amendments that are not expected to be brought up for a vote.  The American Soybean Association (ASA) and our biodiesel industry partners are monitoring the bill and the amendment process.The bill’s provisions to increase energy efficiency, modernize the nation’s electric grid, and increase federal funding for energy research are designed to lower energy costs, improve reliability, and make the U.S. economy more competitive internationally and they enjoy bipartisan support. However, there are some partisan and geographical differences regarding the conflicting interests of fossil fuels and renewable energy sources as well as issues unrelated to energy policy that threaten to derail the bill.The underlying bill includes revisions to the Biomass Research & Development Initiative (BRDI), a program that is authorized under Section 9008 of the Farm Bill Energy Title.  The EMPA would amend the BRDI program to provide research assistance and grants for the development of woody biomass heat and biopower projects, as well as a provision specifically including oilseed crops as eligible for the new grant program.  The BRDI is jointly administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy.Among the many amendments that have been filed is one from Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) that would establish a federal education program to ensure landowners are given all of the federal conservation options available to them when choosing to put their land into a conservation easement.  There is no indication as of yet whether the Rounds amendment will be considered.The ASA will continue to update members on the status of RFS related amendments and any other issues in the EMPA relevant to soybean farmers.last_img read more

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first_imgThey may be competitors on the world stage, but oilseed producers from across the globe will meet in Sydney next week to discuss trade issues borne out of a number of key geopolitical changes, including international leadership and Brexit, experienced over the last 12 months.American Soybean Association (ASA) CEO Steve Censky, ASA President Ron Moore and United Soybean Board’s (USB) John Motter, along with U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) representatives Jim Sutter, Roz Leek and ASA Director Jim Miller, will attend the event.The Oilseed Producer’s Dialogue (IOPD), will draw producers from Australia, Europe and South and North America to Sydney with the key aim of promoting collaboration across common interests and objectives. It will be held in Sydney June 26-27 before heading on-farm in Central West New South Wales later in the week.The event will be hosted by the Australian Oilseeds Federation (AOF), the peak industry body for Australian oilseeds, and Executive Director Nick Goddard is looking forward to showing off Sydney and local farming systems.“Trade will certainly be a hot topic at this year’s meeting, following the collapse of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, uncertainty around what Brexit might mean for trade in Britain and Europe, and new leadership in the US, France and UK,” Goddard said.“Biotechnology, and growing pressure from some importing countries around residues, also have the potential to impact trade and will be discussed at length“Another issue at the forefront of the dialogue will be increasing restrictions by some countries on the way oilseed producers operate, particularly in relation to the use of  critical farm chemicals.“It’s important for us to see what is happening globally with farmers and the limitations being put on farming practices, to look at the big picture of the global oilseed business.“It really highlights that we all have the same goals, and it helps us to find ways to work together to achieve these goals.”The IOPD was established in 1998 to develop and promote a sound business environment to allow oilseed producers to remain viable for current and future generations. Members support trade liberalisation, and science-based systems for both Maximum Residue Limits (MRL) and sustainable technologies, including biotechnology.The sessions in Sydney will include presentations from each participating country, and discussions on global markets, international trade, research and development, chemical residues, and new breeding techniques.Delegates will then head to Parkes, Forbes, Eugowra and Orange for two days, where they will visit several farms, saleyards, crushing plants and other sights.last_img read more

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first_imgHello Soy Family,As I write this I’m sitting in an airport in Brazil, headed home after a trip with USSEC to the International Oilseed Producers Dialogue. It has been an eye-opening trip to see firsthand Brazil’s soybean fields and meet with local growers. It is clear from this trip that Brazil could find ways to increase production if demand from China increases as a result of the U.S. Administration’s Section 301 tariffs, which are set to take effect in July.With that, I can once again say that trade took center stage this month.On the morning of June 15 President Trump officially announced that the U.S. will implement 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese products, effective July 6. That same afternoon, China responded in-kind, placing a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion of U.S. imports, effective July 6. These retaliatory tariffs include a 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans. On Monday, June 18, President Trump ordered U.S. trade officials to craft a list of $200 billion worth of Chinese goods that would be hit with an additional 10 percent tariff.ASA, along with board members, states, growers and the entire soy family has worked tirelessly to convey to the Administration and Members of Congress that these tariffs will unduly harm soy growers, and rural America.I hope you joined ASA’s social media days, utilizing the hashtags #TradeNotTariffs and #RethinkTheTariffs, and have taken action through the Soy Action Center. If not, there is still time as we will be utilizing a new hashtag, #FacesOfTariffs on July 3 to show the real impact these tariffs will have across the countryside.This is an issue that frankly isn’t going away easily, and we count on your continued engagement and advocacy.June also saw action on the farm bill. After failing to pass their version of the farm bill in May, the House’s farm bill passed on June 21 with a vote of 213-211. The Senate passed their version on June 28 with a vote of 86-11.ASA continues to encourage bipartisan work in both chambers to see a farm bill completed before it is set to expire at the end of September. A farm bill provides certainty and stability, which is especially needed during this down farm economy and increased volatility in export markets due to heightened trade tensions.Also of note this month was EPA’s announcement of the 2019-2020 RFS levels, calling for 2.43 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel for 2020, which is a 330 million gallon increase over the 2019 levels. For total Advanced Biofuels, an overall category to which biodiesel also qualifies, EPA proposed 4.88 billion gallons for 2019, a 590 million gallon increase over 2018 levels.It has been a busy month, and I look forward to seeing everyone at the board meeting in Washington, DC July 9-12. Your continued engagement is noted, appreciated and most importantly, it is needed. I look forward to continuing to work on behalf of soy growers alongside all of you.See you in Washington. Best, John HeisdorfferPresident, American Soybean Associationlast_img read more

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first_imgProsecutors are biding their time before bringing Bethany Storro to court to avoid incurring medical costs associated with her self-inflicted injuries.Clark County Deputy Prosecutor Tony Golik said Wednesday he doesn’t expect the Vancouver woman to make a first appearance until next week because she is still receiving treatment at an unspecified hospital for her facial burns. “I don’t want the county to have to pay for treatment of those injuries,” he said. “I’d like to see the injuries healed before jail.”Golik noted there also isn’t a rush to bring her to court because the 28-year-old isn’t considered a flight risk or a danger to the community. A deli clerk, she lives with her parents in their west Vancouver home.He anticipates a lawyer for Storro will contact him to arrange a time for her surrender. So far, Storro hasn’t hired an attorney, Golik said.On Monday, the major crimes deputy prosecutor filed three counts of second-degree theft by deception against Storro. The charges came four days after Vancouver police revealed that Storro — who fabricated a story about a black woman throwing acid in her face — reportedly confessed that her injuries were self-inflicted.last_img read more

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first_imgWhen a fresh-faced, 20-year-old Carole Axford started work at the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office, she used an IBM electric to type court filings.There was a staff of six, including the county prosecutor. The work — typing interviews with trial witnesses, sentencings and other miscellaneous court hearings — was daunting for Axford when it involved murders and rapes.When the prosecutor at the time was preparing for a high-profile murder case, he spared the newcomer the grittiest assignments.“He gave me a witness list (to type) because he thought I was too young” to work other aspects of the case, Axford recalled.That was 50 years ago.Today, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone more seasoned in their job. Axford, 70, celebrates a half-century with the prosecutor’s office this month and is believed to be the longest-serving county employee in recent memory. The office celebrated with a party for Axford, including a plaque and a bouquet of flowers.The longtime legal secretary has typed details of the most high-profile cases in county history — including killers Clark Hazen and Warren Forrest.Axford has worked under five county prosecutors and, she said, 10 presidents.The staff of six is now close to 100 people — the largest law firm in Clark County. And after so many decades, Axford said she still leaves work happy.last_img read more

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first_imgThe North Country EMS Volcano Rescue Team responded Tuesday to two distressed hikers — one on Silver Star Mountain in Skamania County and the other on Mount St. Helens.The names of the hikers had not been released as of The Columbian’s press time.A woman fell 35 feet down a nearly 60-degree slope around 12:35 p.m. on Silver Star Mountain. She was about two miles up Ed’s Trail, at the 3,800-foot elevation, according to a North Country EMS bulletin.She did not report any injuries, but it was too brushy, slippery and steep for her to safely get back to her group. No one in her hiking party from Vancouver Parks and Recreation could safely get down to her. One member was able to lower a small rope for her to hold on to until help arrived.Six members of the Volcano Rescue Team hiked the two miles to the site and lowered one rescuer to the hiker via a rope system. The rescuer put a rescue harness on the woman and she was raised up to the trail.She was able to walk back to her vehicle at the trailhead by 4:26 p.m.Six members of the Volcano Rescue Team went to Silver Star, but had to be diverted to the fallen hiker on Mount St. Helens early Tuesday afternoon.last_img read more

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first_imgSay goodbye to Sir Links A Lot.This is the last year of the lederhosen-clad mascot, the last year of sausages on a stick and festival rides. The Vancouver Sausage Fest will sizzle away for good after its 43rd annual celebration in September. The event, which helps raise funds for St. Joseph Catholic School and other charities, had a good run, but it’s time for something different, organizers said.But first, it will go out in a fat-popping blaze of glory in honor of the school’s 60th anniversary, said Carrie Moschetti, pastoral assistant for administration at the school and parish.“It was a decision made by the councils and the fathers,” Moschetti said. “It will still be the same time frame for the final event. And it will be part of the 60th anniversary celebration for the school this year.” The festival, which draws between 25,000 and 30,000 people annually, had been a big money maker for the school for many years, but it wasn’t really keeping up with the need, she said.“It made money, but not so much in recent years,” Moschetti said.The theme was also a bit out of date, said Judy McMorine, development director for the school. “It’s seen its time,” she said. Gene Munson, one of the festival’s founders, said he thinks the festival’s popularity and draw declined in recent years. “Am I sad about it? I don’t know,” Munson said. “That may sound like a strange answer. I think they overspent, overcharged people. They eliminated so much. They got rid of the dinner and some of the entertainment. The beer garden used to always have live entertainment. One year, the Kingsmen played. They don’t have any of that anymore.”last_img read more

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first_img‘Lean this way. Smile a little.”That’s a quote from a Columbian photographer during a recent assignment. Not too complicated.Our photographers usually don’t make big demands on the people who appear on our pages or website.But national publications? That can be a laundry list of instructions. Really. A magazine staffer told Lori Volkman how to deal with her family’s laundry for two weeks.We recently wrote about Volkman’s transition from blogging Navy wife, while her husband Randy was in the Middle East, to an advocate for military families. We noted how the national media picked up on the Ridgefield woman’s writings at “Witty Little Secret.”National coverage included a story in the December 2011/January 2012 issue of Reader’s Digest. It ran with a family portrait of Lori Volkman, daughter Olivia and son Cooper … and a pile of laundry almost as tall as Cooper.When the Reader’s Digest art director called from New York to discuss the photo shoot at the Volkman home, Lori Volkman mentioned that she wasn’t exactly on top of the housework. She had five loads of unfolded laundry on her bed.“He said, ‘Don’t change a thing!’”So, “We pulled laundry from the pile (to wear) and I would add to the stack when I did another load.”Eventually, Volkman said, she moved the stack from the bed to the floor — “Clean laundry on the floor!” — until the Reader’s Digest photo team was due to arrive.last_img read more

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first_img RelatedPosts IGT announces offering of €500,000,000 senior secured notes Marriage proposal provides unexpected highlight at third Macau After Dark Load More Caesars slips back into loss in 2Q19 but US properties showing growth ahead of Eldorado merger IGT’s international segment saw revenue grow 9% to US$72 million and gaming product sales revenue grow 37% to US$51 million, including higher gaming machine unit shipments and double-digit growth in replacement units. Operating income was up from US$7 million to US$22 million.The company saw its revenue in the North America market decline 20% to US$244 million due entirely to the sale of its DoubleDown interactive unit, which saw gaming service revenue fall from US$234 million to US$154 million.“Compelling content and technology solutions are driving our results,” said IGT CEO, Marco Sala. “Lottery same-store revenue growth was among the highest levels in the last several quarters, even in our largest markets.“A sharp increase in systems sales, double-digit growth in global gaming machine replacement unit shipments, and sequential improvement in the North America installed base confirm the good momentum of our global Gaming business. The positive underlying contribution from each of our operating segments provides a strong start to the year.”Chief Financial Officer Alberto Fornano added, “We are solidly positioned to achieve our 2018 strategic and financial goals. With revenue growing 5% and Adjusted EBITDA up 18%, our first quarter results are some of the best we’ve reported.” Global gaming giant IGT saw its revenues grow 5% to US$1.2 billion in 1Q18, driven by 12% growth in its international segment and 20% increase in Italy.IGT pointed to strong global casino system sales, momentum in lotteries and good results in Italy sports betting as central to the revenue increase, with Adjusted EBITDA up 18% to US$436 million and Adjusted operating income rising 6% to US$251 million. Net loss for the quarter was US$103 million.last_img read more

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first_img RelatedPosts Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move US-based car service Uber Technologies has announced that it will partner with Osaka’s largest taxi company, Milight, to provide taxi dispatch services via its smartphone app.At a press conference on Wednesday, Uber confirmed that Osaka will become the third Japanese city in which is operates after Tokyo and Nagoya, with the company currently conducting beta tests in Awaji Island. It plans to expand to Sendai and Aomori as well. Load More Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Outside of Japan, Uber is currently available in over 60 countries worldwide.The World Expo is to be held in Osaka in 2025 and an IR property is expected to open its doors around the same time. Both Uber and Milight have their eyes on inbound tourists, aiming to provide a convenient and comfortable transportation tool.Osaka has welcomed the arrival of Uber, pointing to the increase in convenience for visitors and the contribution it will provide Osaka as an international city.“This will without a doubt change Osaka,” said Milight COO, Taigi Sasai. “We hope this partnership enhances our ability to serve our customers.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe development of two self-contained gaming hubs set to house the operations of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) is aimed at limiting interactions between Chinese workers and local Filipinos, according to a PAGCOR official.In an interview aired on Philippines television, PAGCOR’s Vice President of Offshore Gaming, Jose Tria, said the hubs are a response to complaints from Filipinos over alleged “unruly behavior” from POGO workers. “That is the reason why we came up with these POGO hubs. These will be self-contained communities (so we can limit the) interaction between Filipinos and foreign workers,” PhilStar reported Tria as staying.“As soon as … the private participation is able to set up these hubs, we will be canceling all their authority to operate outside these hubs. We will put them there so it is easier to monitor.”The hubs, to be established by online gaming giant Oriental Game, were first announced in July. Initial plans are for two of these self-contained communities to be developed – one in Clark and the other in Cavite – with PAGCOR chair Andrea Domingo stating at the time that they would make regulation of POGOs easier. POGO operators who relocate to the hubs will be offered five year licenses rather than the current three. 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status China gives Philippines iGaming reprieve but POGOs not safe yet Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Load More RelatedPostslast_img read more

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first_imgEmployee Benefits Connect 2016: Reward and benefit strategies will need to adapt to the changing workplace landscape if they are to meet the evolving requirements of the future workforce.Speaking in the closing keynote session titled ‘What is the digital future of the workplace and how different will it be?’ at Employee Benefits Connect on 9 March, Perry Timms, director, people and learning at Medio Zoo, adviser to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development on social media, and founder of People and Transformational HR, explained what future innovations are likely to impact work and employees’ expectations. These range from the development of advanced robotics and artificial intelligence to the growth of alternative currencies and the gig economy. Other phenomena include the convergence of biology and technology for human augmentation, the development of synthetic beings to carry out work deemed unpleasant or dangerous, and how access to information uploads could allow people to think differently as the time and brain power required to recall information is reduced.Timms (pictured), said: “There’s something about how quickly these sorts of things are coming and taking over that means we need to pay heed to them.”Employees’ demands and expectations are also evolving, moving away from traditional concepts such as control, management and key performance indicators (KPIs), towards their own sense of value of the work that they perform. However, Timms does not believe these changing attitudes can only be found among younger generations.He said: “I don’t believe that generation Y is radically different from generation X. I think what’s happening is that [generation Y employees] are entering the workforce as the workplace is changing and as a result they have different views on things, and are connected and have operated in a slightly different way.”The tools that futurologists use can help employers to consider how the workplace will look in the future and how benefits approaches could adapt to embrace these changes. The primary tools include the analysis of data, examining the past and historical cycles, modelling scenarios, and searching for asymmetries.Timms said: “There’s a huge amount of predictive data out there now. We’ve got an enormous amount of data we can tap into about demographic shifts, about economic trends, about all sorts of areas, such as where people are spending their time and their habits. So we can use data to predict the future.“Asymmetries is the interesting concept that the future is already here, it’s just not in one place. Futurologists who know where to look know that there are already places pushing the boundaries and developing and delivering a future proposition,” he added.During the session, Timms set out his theory of the future of the work landscape. This includes seven elements: the digitalisation and socialisation of work; the decline of the job; the demise of the manager; the death of the hierarchy; the democratisation of learning; the disruption of the usual; the demand for craft.“HR needs to get itself fit for a digital age,” said Timms.This means looking beyond monetary rewards. He said: “You need to think about reward in an anthropological sense; how are we as human beings constructed and what can the reward industry do that gets into things like health and wellbeing, mental health and education.”He added: “Be as imaginative as possible with rewards. Be a reward explorer – look at what other people are doing.”last_img read more

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first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A funeral procession is being held, Friday morning, for the former Spanish-radio voice of the Miami Marlins.The procession for Rafael “Felo” Ramirez is expected to begin at 10 a.m. and make a stop at Marlins Park, where the 94-year-old called Marlins games since 1993.According to the Miami Herald, Rafael “Felo” Ramirez died Monday night. He was hospitalized on April 26 after falling and striking his head getting off the Marlins’ team bus in Philadelphia.Ramirez had been transported back to Miami in June after having spent nearly two months in a Delaware hospital, the Herald reported. On Monday night, he succumbed to his injuries.“Felo” began broadcasting in Cuba, calling baseball games and boxing matches back in 1945. He went on to join the Hall of Fame after being inducted in 2001.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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first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A trust fund has been established for the children of a fallen soldier from Miami Gardens.The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project started the fund for the three children of Sgt. La David Johnson, Tuesday.Johnson, a Miami Gardens resident, was one of four American soldiers killed during an ambush in Niger in October.Funding from several organizations as well as a GoFundMe campaign will cover the children’s educational expenses.The trust fund was established on what would have been Johnson’s 26th birthday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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first_imgWASHINGTON (WSVN) — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio sent out a series of tweets on Sunday about the medical mystery affecting American embassy workers in Cuba.In two of the tweets, the Florida senator acknowledged a “sophisticated attack” took place. It is impossible to conduct 24 separate & sophisticated attacks on U.S. Govt personnel in #Havana without #CastroRegime knowing about it 3/3— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 7, 2018The tweets come two days after U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., a longtime advocate of improving ties with Cuba, said there is no evidence of a sonic attack.“The FBI is saying that there’s no evidence of a sonic attack. The State Department doesn’t disagree with that assessment,” said Flake.Some of the U.S. embassy workers that were stationed in the island nation suffered from brain damage. So far, U.S. officials have not confirmed what caused the it or who was behind it.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Any U.S. official briefed on matter knows full well that while method of attack still in question,that attacks & injuries occurred isn’t 2/3— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 7, 2018In a third tweet, Rubio suggested the Castro regime likely knew about the incidents targeting U.S. government officials and their spouses. center_img It’s a documented FACT that 24 U.S. govt officials & spouses were victims of some sort of sophisticated attack while stationed in Havana 1/3— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 7, 2018last_img read more

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first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies have responded to a barricaded subject at a retirement community in Deerfield Beach.BSO deputies initially responded to the scene of a disturbance at Century Village, at 2002 Harwood Court, just before 4 p.m., Thursday. When they arrived, a person refused to answer their door.BSO and Deerfield Beach Police are now working the scene and are trying to establish contact with the person inside the apartment.The were several evacuations on the third floor as a precaution.Please check back on 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.last_img

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first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – City of Miami Police are searching for a burglar who stole from a parked car in Miami.The burglary occurred on Jan. 8 in a Publix parking lot off the 4800 block of Biscayne Boulevard.According to the victim, he parked his car at around 12 p.m. and returned at approximately 12:45 p.m. to find the back passenger side window broken.A gray backpack was said to have been taken from the vehicle, which contained passports and an iPhone. The passenger side door of the minivan is seen opening before the vehicle left the scene, shortly after.If you have any information on this crime, 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. Detectives need assistance identifying the silver minivan’s occupants who committed a burglary to a motor vehicle at approximately 12:10 p.m. on 1/8/19. It occurred at the Publix parking lot located at 4870 Biscayne Blvd. If you have any information please call us at 305-603-6030— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) February 11, 2019Surveillance video captured a silver minivan parking next to the victim’s car as the victim walked away. last_img read more

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first_imgCORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – Patients from the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital were treated to a prom thanks to the donation from a South Florida family.The 6th Annual Carlin Family Prom happened for the patients at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Coral Gables, Saturday night.The magical night is held for current and former patients to give them the opportunity to party in a safe environment regardless of their medical needs.Sara Jolly, the hospital’s executive director, said, “This prom gives our patients an opportunity to have a night outside of the hospital to not worry about treatment, not worry about doctors, not worry about nurses, not worry about their sickness, but really just focus about being a kid and having fun and experiencing something normal.”The Carlin family brought the event back to life in 2014.Since then, dozens of others have joined the family to help make each year something the patients will never forget.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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first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took two people to the hospital after a car slammed into a tree in Northwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the crash near North Miami Avenue and Northwest 143rd Street, just after 8 p.m., Sunday.Paramedics transported one of the victims to Aventura Hospital as a trauma alert. The other victim was taken to an area hospital. Their conditions are unknown.The cause of the crash remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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first_imgCongressman Don Young R-AK: “Most of you never participated at all, because you wouldn’t participate when you (were) asked – House and Senate side. That’s not good legislation, that’s TV legislation.  You are playing to the cameras.”  Congressman Don Young R-AK: “Thank God I’m wearing my cowboy boots today. You know why cowboys wear cowboy boots? To keep their damn pants clean from the horse manure that comes from people who don’t know what the hell they are talking about.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Congressman Don Young opened the House-Senate Conference Committee meeting on H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by chiding members who failed to do their homework on the ANWR provision, opting instead to come out against the proposed legislation with canned arguments that are not on point. Young put on his Dean of the House hat and educated his fellow members on how those from both sides of the aisle together framed the tenants of the initial legislation that formed Section 1002, and set it aside for the express purpose of oil and gas development.center_img In iconic Young fashion, the former teacher from Fort Yukon illustrated his point with a traditional Alaskan lesson on footwear adjusted from hip waders to cowboy boots to tailor the message to his audience. Story as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-anwr-fight-starts-first-day-of-conference-committee.mp3VmDorene-on-anwr-fight-starts-first-day-of-conference-committee.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

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