first_imgIn light of Argentina’s currency devaluation, and on the heels of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision last Friday to delay announcement of 2002 crop loan rates while Congress continues work on a new Farm Bill, the American Soybean Association (ASA) today called on Congress and the Administration to maintain the soybean loan rate at $5.26 per bushel. ASA said that maintaining the loan rate at $5.26 for the 2002 crop, or at a similar level in the new Farm Bill, is needed to temper the negative effects on U.S. soybean growers of devalued competitor currencies and to reduce the loss of soybean market share to South America.On Friday, Argentina announced that it would devalue the Peso. The Argentine Peso, which had been valued at a one-to-one rate with the U.S. Dollar, is now valued at 1.4 to one U.S. dollar. That means Argentine soybean farmers are now receiving 40 percent more for their soybeans than they were a few days ago.“The devaluation of the Argentine Peso points again to the need to maintain the $5.26 per bushel soybean loan rate,” said ASA President Bart Ruth, a soybean and corn producer from Rising City, Nebraska. “Argentine soybean farmers, like Brazilian soybean farmers before them, have just received a massive increase in the amount they receive for their production. This devaluation-driven increase in prices received by Argentine farmers will provide new incentives for Argentine farmers to plant more soybeans and will cause Argentine soybeans and soybean products to become even more competitive on the global market.”ASA believes that the negative impacts on U.S. soybean growers stemming from Argentina’s devaluation will be similar to the negative impacts resulting from the massive devaluation of the Brazilian Real in recent years. As a result of the false production signals being sent by the greatly devalued Real, Brazilian farmers have expanded their harvested soybean area by 31 percent during the period 1996/97 to 2001/02, despite a 40 percent decline in global soybean prices. During this period, Brazil’s share of world soybean trade has climbed from 22 percent to 30 percent, while U.S. share of world soybean trade has declined from 66 percent to 46 percent.The impact of the devaluation of the Brazilian Real has been to boost the number of Reais that Brazilian farmers receive for their soybeans even as the U.S. Dollar price of soybeans has fallen. In January 1997, soybeans were valued at approximately $7.13 per bushel. At that time, Brazilian soybeans were worth about 7.42 Reais per bushel. Currently, soybeans are selling in the Midwest for approximately $4.25 per bushel — over 40 percent less than in January 1997. However, at the current exchange rate, the value of soybeans in Brazil is approximately 10.11 Reais per bushel or over 36 percent higher than in January 1997. U.S. farmers are receiving 40 percent less for their soybeans than in 1997, while Brazilian farmers are receiving over 36 percent more.“With U.S. soybean prices at a 30-year low, the marketing loan is the only income safety net available to oilseed producers,” Ruth said. “Maintaining loan rates at current levels is the only mechanism available today to protect U.S. soybean producers and market share from the effects of devalued currencies of our two biggest competitors.“World demand for soybeans is growing faster than for any other commodity,” Ruth noted. “The question is, who is going to produce the soybeans needed to satisfy that demand. As Congress writes a new Farm Bill and as the Administration makes decisions on 2002 loan rates, they need to bear in mind that soybean producers in our biggest competitor nations are being provided distorted production incentives through massive currency devaluations. Congress and the Administration need to treat soybeans equitably or else the U.S. will end up forfeiting soybean acres and market share to South America.”last_img read more

first_imgKara Berrey, of Carrollton, Mo., won the 2016-17 Secure Optimal Yield (SOY) Scholarship sponsored by the American Soybean Association (ASA) and BASF.The ASA SOY Scholarship is a $5,000 award presented to an outstanding high school senior who has achieved high academic and leadership requirements, and is planning to pursue a degree in an agriculture-related field at an accredited college or university.Berrey will pursue a degree in agricultural education at Missouri State University beginning this fall. Kara has been active in 4-H and FFA from the county to the national level and has held several leadership positions. She’s also represented Missouri as a National 4-H Congress and Citizenship Washington Focus delegate, meeting with her state representatives and senators to voice concerns of Americans in rural communities.“She will be a great advocate for agriculture and help in ensuring the future youth are knowledgeable and accountable for agriculture,” said Laura Owen, Berrey’s school counselor in a letter of recommendation. “There is no doubt in my mind that she has a bright future ahead of her in the ag industry.”ASA and BASF presented Berrey with awards during Commodity Classic in New Orleans.“ASA is proud to partner with BASF to offer this opportunity and aid in the continuing education of an outstanding student and young ag advocate,” said ASA President Richard Wilkins, a producer from Greenwood, Del. “We are excited by Kara’s enthusiasm for agriculture and look forward to seeing the leader she becomes.”last_img read more

first_imgThe soybean industry played a major role in the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) membership meeting this week in Washington, D.C. Two primary policy priorities were the focus of the meeting– the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements and the biodiesel tax credit.Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Assistant Administrator Janet McCabe addressed the group and provided insights into EPA’s process and rationale for the level of biomass-based diesel volumes in their Proposed Rule. EPA proposed 2.1 billion gallons for 2018, while the biodiesel industry and the American Soybean Association (ASA) are urging a level of 2.5 billion gallons.  EPA is accepting public comments on the Proposed Rule and ASA urges all members and stakeholders to submit comments.The biodiesel tax credit was the focus during visits with members of Congress and their staff. House members and Senators were urged to co-sponsor legislation in each chamber to extend the biodiesel tax credit for three years and restructure it from a blender’s credit to a producer’s credit.  The House bill (H.R. 5240) was introduced by Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) and the Senate version will be introduced by Sen. Grassley (R-IA).Mike Cunningham, the ASA representative to NBB and an NBB Governing Board member, attended the meeting, along with ASA Washington staff, numerous soybean farmer leaders and state soybean staff.ASA will continue our advocacy on these important biodiesel priorities and will reinforce the message with Members of Congress during the upcoming ASA Board Meeting and Hill visits in Washington, D.C. July 11-13.last_img read more

first_imgEmily Donaldson knows what’s like to be a child whose birthday was overlooked. What: Celebrate Me Foundation’s first dinner and auction fundraiser, “An Evening to Celebrate.”When: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 9.Where: Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E. Main St., Battle Ground.Cost: $20 per person or $35 per couple. To buy tickets, mail payment to 2210 W. Main St. Suite 107, Battle Ground, Wash., 98604.Contact: http://www.celebratemefoundation.org.When she was a tween, her grandmother was diagnosed with cancer. Donaldson’s mother spent long hours in the car and out of town caring for her grandmother. A few years later, her other grandmother was diagnosed with cancer. Planning a child’s birthday party was the ball Donaldson’s mother dropped as she juggled responsibilities.Karen Mallory knows what’s like to have children lose their sense of normalcy.Four and a half years ago, Karen’s husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Six months later, Mallory was diagnosed with lobular breast cancer. Her children were 9 and 10 years old at the time and witnessing both parents experience chemotherapy, radiation and surgeries.Now the Battle Ground women are using their experiences with cancer — Donaldson was also diagnosed with skin cancer in 2006 — to help other families struggling with disease.After months of planning, the duo launched the Celebrate Me Foundation in January. The website (http://www.celebratemefoundation.org) went live in June. And in August, the organization began accepting applications for services.The crux of the foundation is simple: provide children who are experiencing cancer with a birthday party, a break from cancer diagnoses and treatments.last_img read more

first_img17th Legislative District: Republican legislative candidates in the 17th District are teaming up for a campaign kickoff event at 6:30 p.m. June 13 at Pacific Crest Plaza, 601 S.E. 17th Ave. The event, the Team 17 Strawberry Cake Social, will kick off campaigns for incumbent Sen. Don Benton, incumbent Rep. Paul Harris and Position 1 House of Representatives candidate Julie Olson. U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, is scheduled to attend. Tickets are $25. For tickets, email elizabeth@votejulieolson.com or call 360-546-1795.3rd Congressional District: Democratic congressional candidate Jon Haugen will host a town hall at 7 p.m. June 14 at Minus World restaurant and cafe, 1054 14th Ave., Longview. For more information, contact Haugen at Jon@HaugenVet.com or 360-907-8340.last_img read more

first_imgCamas will bid farewell at the end of the month to its longest-serving employee.Joan Durgin, the city’s finance director, will retire Friday. A 24-year veteran of the city, Durgin balanced Camas’ books during a period of rapid growth.In her time with the city, the population increased from around 6,700 to nearly 20,000. During that boom, underscored by Camas’ transformation from a mill town to a hub of high-tech businesses, the city’s budget evolved, as departments grew and finances became more complicated.“It’s a big deal, helping a city that grows that fast,” said Mayor Scott Higgins, who expressed mixed emotions about Durgin’s retirement.The city has big shoes to fill, he said.Durgin has been one of two constants for Camas in the past couple of decades, since the city moved to an administrator-council form of government in 1989. The other was former City Administrator Lloyd Halverson — also hired in 1989, two weeks before Durgin — who retired as city administrator in June 2012.Even in retirement, Halverson was assisting Camas on special projects. He came off the city’s books for good at the beginning of the month.last_img read more

first_imgJurgen Hess knew the Mount Adams area had experienced its share of retreating forestland in recent years. The local advocate has seen it first-hand in the form of wildfires, logging and development.But seeing the full scope of forest loss through a new interactive map offered a different view entirely.“The thing that to me was shocking was the visual picture of it,” said Hess, a board member of the nonprofit Friends of Mount Adams. “You can see it in abstract form when you read about it … but to see these patterns, wow.”A group of researchers and the University of Maryland’s Department of Geographical Sciences recently developed a high-resolution online map charting forest gain and loss across the entire world from 2000 to 2012. The project, which drew from satellite data, was published in the journal Science in November.The study found that 2.3 million square kilometers of forest cover were lost globally during those 12 years, against 0.8 million square kilometers gained. Tropical areas saw both the biggest losses and the biggest gains.In the Northwest, results were mixed. The majority of federal and state forests remained untouched, while other areas saw a combination of gain and loss, or both.last_img read more

first_imgClark College will welcome Wells Tower, an award-winning journalist and short-story writer, for its Columbia Writers Series, a free, public event. Tower will read from his works and discuss his writing process from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday in Penguin Union Building room 258C, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.Tower is the author of the short story collection “Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned.” His short stories and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, GQ, Harper’s Magazine and The Paris Review. He received two Pushcart Prizes and the Plimpton Prize from The Paris Review. During winter quarter, the series will bring National Book Award finalist Jess Walter, author of “Beautiful Ruins” and The “Financial Lives of the Poets.” Launched in 1988, the Columbia Writers Series brings local, national and international authors to Clark and the region. Learn more at www.clark.edu/cc/cws.Directions and maps are available online. Individuals who need accommodation due to a disability in order to participate should contact Clark College’s Disability Support Services Office at 360-992-2314 or 360-991-0901.last_img read more

first_imgZheng Xiaosong, the head of the Macau Liaison Office, has died after falling from an apartment block over the weekend.The Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office announced Zheng’s death on Sunday, suggesting that he had taken his own life as a result of depression. Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August RelatedPosts Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Load More The 59-year-old only took on the top job at the Macau Liaison Office last year when he replaced Wang Zhimin as the local representative of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China.Zheng previously worked for the Foreign Ministry and for the Fujian provincial government.last_img read more

first_imgJust 4% of financial advisers believe the state pension will continue in its present form over the next 30 years, according to research by pension provider Aegon UK.Its survey of 208 financial advisers found that almost half (49%) of respondents that think there will be changes to the current system believe the government will raise the state pension age further.The research also found:96% of respondents think the state pension will change from its proposed form.Of those who believe there will be changes, 39% think the system will revert back to means testing.Two-fifths (41%) expect the state pension to become less generous and move away from the triple lock.The single-tier state pension reforms will provide a flat rate pension for those reaching the state pension retirement age from April 2016.Calculations by Aegon UK suggest that the cost of purchasing a state pension at retirement, based on the new single-tier pension of £151.25 a week, is £280,000 for a man and £273,000 for a woman.Duncan Jarrett (pictured), managing director, retail at Aegon UK, said: “The state pension is a financial lifeline for millions of pensioners in the UK, so it’s concerning to see such a resounding number of financial advisers foresee more uncertainty on the horizon. People need confidence in what to expect to receive from the state, so we can’t afford cliff-edge moves to means testing, or sudden increases to the state pension age.“We need to get better as an industry at highlighting to individuals how much they are due to receive, so they can then work out how much private pension they need to make up the gap between this and their aspirational income in retirement.”last_img read more

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: The average gender pay gap between reward and benefits professionals currently stands at £24,100, according to research by Employee Benefits.The Salary survey 2017, which surveyed 249 HR, benefits and reward professionals in November-December 2016, also found that male respondents earn an average basic annual salary of £78,600, compared to female respondents’ average basic salary of £54,500.In part, this may be due to the lack of male respondents in benefits or reward analyst or administrator roles, which are lower paid than manager and director roles.As in 2014, the job with the most pronounced gender pay gap is benefits/reward director or head with a £21,700 difference between male and female respondents. This is a rise on the £17,461 difference we identified three years ago.Benefits and reward managers have a much smaller, although not insignificant, gender pay difference of £4,000 a year.The overall average annual basic salary for reward and benefits professionals is £62,000. Click to download the full Employee Benefits Salary Survey 2017last_img read more

first_imgEmployees who work for postal organisation Royal Mail and are members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) trade union, have voted in favour of strike action in an ongoing dispute over the planned closure of the organisation’s defined benefit (DB) pension scheme to future accrual.Nearly three-quarters (73%) of the CWU’s 111,000 Royal Mail employed members participated in the ballot, which resulted in a 89.1% vote in favour of strike action.Royal Mail offered affected employees a choice between a DB cash balance arrangement and a defined contribution (DC) scheme, as part of proposals put forward in July 2017. The new DB and DC schemes would be set up as new sections of the existing pension plan, replacing the current DB arrangement that will close to future accrual from 31 March 2018.The DB cash balance scheme would provide its members with a lump sum at retirement. The DB scheme would involve members’ pension pots being credited with 19.6% of pensionable pay a year, including a 13.6% employer contribution and a 6% member contribution. Royal Mail would also contribute 2% for other member benefits, such as death in service and ill-health.The DC option would also see the organisation contribute 13.6% of pensionable pay.Both schemes would be effective from 1 April 2018.In addition to the new arrangements, Royal Mail has proposed improvements to its existing DC plan from 1 April 2018. This would include increasing the organisation’s standard contribution by 1% in each tier, up to a maximum of 10%. This would apply to all current and future members of the scheme.The CWU postal executive will meet later this week to determine the next steps of the campaign and potential strike dates.A spokesperson at Royal Mail said: “Under its proposals, Royal Mail would continue to provide the best pay and terms and conditions in the industry by some distance. We are not proposing to change our core terms and conditions or our commitment to a predominantly permanent workforce. Many competitors pay around the national living wage. Royal Mail pays 45-50% more than this.“We have offered to continue working towards a new pay deal, including an increase of up to 5% over two years, depending on productivity improvements, flexibility and a small number of trials. We are offering to replace our defined benefit pension scheme, the Royal Mail Pension Plan (RMPP), with another type of defined benefit scheme. RMPP members would also have the choice to join a defined contribution scheme instead if they wished to do so. We have also proposed significant improvements for members of the Royal Mail defined contribution plan, with a maximum [organisation] contribution of 10%.“In 2013, Royal Mail and the CWU committed to the Agenda for Growth (AFG); a legally binding agreement. Royal Mail has brought to the CWU’s attention the contractual dispute resolution procedures included in the AFG, which both sides are required to follow once instigated. They escalate to independent external mediation, which we expect will take close to Christmas to be completed, and may be longer. The union cannot take industrial action until these dispute resolution procedures have been completed.”Terry Pullinger, deputy general secretary, postal, at CWU, added: “This ballot result is hugely significant and demonstrates a strength of feeling that can only be translated as a massive vote of no confidence in the managerial leadership of the Royal Mail Group and the direction that they advocate.“Any sense of vocational spirit and working together with management has been lost in a climate of fear and insecurity. This massive failure in trust has created a break down in relationships and a toxic environment where working together to solve difficult problems has become almost impossible. The managerial leadership has failed and should resign or be sacked. This is a dispute about honour and we refuse to simply stand aside.”In a letter to Employee Benefits , Douglas Hamilton, head of pensions strategy at Royal Mail, wrote: “Royal Mail has by far the best pension arrangements in the delivery industry. Over 60% of Royal Mail employees in the UK are in a defined benefit pension scheme. The figure for the UK private sector as a whole is under 5%. Unfortunately, our current defined benefit scheme is just not affordable. If no changes were made, annual contributions would increase next year from around £400 million to around £1.2 billion. That increase is at least three times more than our annual free cash flow. That’s on top of what we already pay into the scheme. No business could do that.“We have never hidden the fact from our defined benefit scheme members that the benefits they build up from April 2018 will be smaller than they are now. That’s because the [organisation] cannot afford the plan in its current form. But with our current defined benefit cash balance proposal we have moved a long way compared to the defined contribution proposal we originally put forward. Furthermore, this is not about cost-cutting. Royal Mail will continue to pay broadly the same in pension contributions after its proposed changes as it does now.“The CWU came forward with a wage in retirement scheme, but, unfortunately, this scheme would not be sustainable, secure or affordable for the [organisation] or our employees. The CWU’s scheme is an attempt to set up a defined ambition type scheme within the current defined benefit regulatory framework. Unfortunately that just doesn’t work. Further, if our current defined benefit scheme had adopted the CWU’s proposed investment strategy in 2012 the [organisation] would already have had to close the scheme to future accrual, rather than being able to meet its commitment of keeping it open until March 2018,“In short, we’ve put forward a proposal which provides a good and fair outcome for members of our defined benefit pension scheme. We’re also proposing increasing Royal Mail’s contribution to the Royal Mail defined contribution plan, which benchmarks very well compared to other large employers in the UK.”last_img read more

first_imgApproximately 700 employees who work for shipbuilding organisation Cammell Laird, and who are members of trade unions Unite and GMB, are to receive a five-year pay deal, backdated to July 2017.The pay deal, which has been facilitated by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas), is divided into two terms, including a three-year first term and a two-year second term.In the first year of the first term, employees will receive a 3.7% pay increase backdated to 6 July 2017, a £5,000 increase in death in service and a one week reduction in the qualifying period for sick pay. In the second year, employees will gain a further pay rise of between 2-3% and an additional £5,000 increase in death in service, and during the third year employees will receive another 2-3% pay increase and £5,000 increase in death in service, as well as gain a 30 minute reduction in weekly working hours from 38.5 hours a week to 38 hours a week.The second term of the new pay deal includes a pay increase of between 1.75% and 3.25% for both year four and year five.The new pay deal is eligible for all employees at Cammell Laird, excluding senior managers. Unite and GMB members voted in a consultative ballot to accept the new arrangement.John Syvret CBE, chief executive officer at Cammell Laird, said: “I am pleased to announce that following productive talks with the respective trade unions GMB and Unite we have concluded an agreement that received overwhelming support from our workforce.“This means we can now focus all our efforts on driving the upward trajectory of the [organisation], delivering existing contracts and positioning the [organisation] to win new long-term contracts.  We now have good visibility of our cost base and can aggressively pursue important commercial and UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) contracts.”Phil Allman, regional officer at Unite, added: “Unite members have shown their support and good faith by agreeing a deal that in our opinion will help Cammell Laird not only sustain present levels of employment but also put [the organisation] in a strong position to win new contracts, creating new jobs and apprenticeships for the local and national labour market.“It is with this in mind that Unite supports the call for the UK government and the MoD to place orders that are paid for with taxpayers money into UK shipyards creating UK based jobs which then pushes that money back into the local communities.”Albie McGuigan, spokesperson at GMB, said: “We believe that this agreement achieved with Acas assistance has been made with a mutual understanding of the needs and aspirations of our members and the long-term ambition of the [organisation].“We hope that Cammell Laird can now concentrate on future contract bids and build upon their recent success by winning further orders in both the private commercial and UK Ministry of Defence sectors. If this could be achieved it would then lead on to job security in the shipyard and help to support its supply and contractor base in the north west region. It would further help to provide additional investment in apprenticeships and training, therefore providing the skills for the future of the UK shipbuilding industry.”last_img read more

first_imgLAKE ALFRED, Fla. (WSVN) — Officials are on the scene after a small plane crashed into a house in Polk County, injuring two people.According to Fire Rescue, at the scene at Lake Alfred, two people were rushed to the hospital. It is unknown if they were on the plane itself.Stay tuned to WSVN 7 News and wsvn.com for updates on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida teen accused of robbing his neighbors appeared in court, Thursday morning.The 17-year-old is being held on 21 days juvenile detention, while the court decides whether to try him as a juvenile or an adult.Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested the South Broward High School student on Wednesday, after, investigators said, he was caught on surveillance camera breaking into a home in Dania Beach, just seven blocks away from his house, July 26.A 12-year-old who was home alone in the house called 911.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgNAPLES, Fla. (WSVN) — Several students at a Collier County elementary school went home sick on Thursday after, officials said, they breathed in smoke from a massive brush fire.Firefighters and state forestry officials are still battling the blaze that continues to burn near Naples. Afternoon update from #LeeWilliamsRdFire in Collier County. #FLFire@FFS_cafc, @collierEM pic.twitter.com/PJ4Te9pPmp— FL Forest Service (@FLForestService) March 9, 2017Seventy-five acres of the Picayune Strand Forest have burned over the last five days. The fire is about 50 percent contained.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – A nearly $5,000 bike has been returned, Wednesday, after being stolen from a Sunrise bicycle shop over the weekend.The owners of Mega Cycle, Daniel Londono and Cy Maddox, said one of the subjects who was captured on surveillance video the day of the theft, Sunday, later called and lead them right to the stolen merchandise.The suspects allegedly waked into Mega Cycle, Sunday, wearing black but leaving their faces exposed and set their eyes on a pricey bike.After trying out several bikes, they asked to take one out behind the store to test ride it. They then rode away with a $4,500 cycle. “He goes out the back and then, we did notice that the other fella ran out the front door,” Londono said, “so we kinda noticed that, a little iffy.”The man who took the bicycle out back had thrown it into a pickup truck.Related: 2 men posing as customers steal $5K bicycle from Sunrise storeLondono said they received a call Tuesday afternoon from someone who claimed to have stolen the bike. “We got a call. He claimed to be the person who took the bike,” he said. “He said he was very sorry about what he had done. He had no clue why he did what he did.”The caller then instructed the staff to where the bike was. “‘Walk out back; the bike is sitting by the palm tree,’” Londono said. The store owners said they don’t think this was any kind of mistake. “To be honest, I really don’t believe a word he said,” Londono said. “You don’t come into a store, play around with the employees for about 45 minutes, leave with a $5,000 product, and then you say you don’t know what you were doing.”Londono said that he’s grateful to everyone who called Crime Stoppers. “Not only the biking community, but the citizens of South Florida,” he said. “Thank you for all the support and calling Crime Stoppers. We got a crazy amount of tips, but we got out product back, and that’s what matters the most.”Police have not confirmed the identity of those subjects caught on camera. They’re still investigating this case.If you recognize either man in this case, 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.last_img read more

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The TSA is testing new, tougher screening methods at some airports due to carry-on concerns.According to officials, some passengers are cramming so much into their bags that screeners are having trouble spotting signs of explosives.They’re forcing flyers to remove not just laptops, which they already do, but tablets, e-readers, books and food. Passengers will then place them in plastic bins to be X-rayed.The new requirements are in place at 10 airports nationwide, including Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.Officials there said they have been screening this way for the last 18 months.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgTEXAS CITY, TX (WSVN) – A Texas fisherman broke a state record after reeling in a shark weighing over 1,000 pounds, which is now one of the largest species caught in Texas.According to Fox 13, Tim McClellen participated in a Texas City fishing tournament. The veteran fisherman has been fishing for 20 years but, over the weekend, caught a 1,033-pound hammerhead shark.Records from the Texas Parks and Wildife Department state the hammerhead was caught offshore in the Gulf of Mexico and tops the previous record, set 37 years ago by 162 pounds.This is also one of the biggest species caught in Texas, with the biggest fish weighing 1,129 pounds in 1992.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. (WSVN) — A critically-endangered Sumatran tiger cub was born at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.Zoo officials say the cub appears to be nursing, moving, and behaving normally. They have not yet determined its gender.This cub is the second of 8-year-old mother Damai, and the first for 13-year-old father Sparky.Veterinarians are monitoring the new cub and mother through closed-circuit cameras. They say the cub will not be shown to the public for several months, pending a series of health exams and a swim test.There are an estimated 300 to 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild. This latest cub, along with Damai’s first male cub Bandar, born in 2013, are part of the zoo’s conservation efforts.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more