Agriculture’s newest, most innovative products and services will be showcased at the What’s New sessions at the 2014 Commodity Classic.“If you’re coming to Commodity Classic hoping to learn and gain some new ideas to take back to your farm, you’ll want to mark your calendar for the What’s New sessions,” said Commodity Classic Co-Chairman Wyatt Whitford. “These sessions offer a sneak peek at the new technology and products out on the trade show floor and an opportunity to ask the experts questions.”Topics for the What’s New sessions include: the latest tractor and combine header technologies, soil fertility trends, new developments in seeds to help manage pests, the latest technology tools for the farm and tools to optimize seed selection for each field.The sessions—scheduled for Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1—provide the ideal opportunity for attendees to hear about what is new from the presenting companies so they can stop by the trade show booth to learn even more. Each session is 40 minutes long, allowing attendees to learn about the topic in an in-depth manner.Companies selected to present include Case IH, DuPont Pioneer, John Deere, Monsanto, The Mosaic Company, Syngenta, The Climate Corporation, Trimble and United Soybean Board. The products and services are chosen by the grower community to ensure they are truly something new to the industry.More information on the What’s New sessions and other events at Commodity Classic is available on the Commodity Classic website.The 19th annual Commodity Classic is Feb. 27-March 1, 2014, along the banks of the famous River Walk at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Tex.Presented annually by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show. The event offers a wide range of learning and networking opportunities for growers in the areas of production, policy, marketing, management and stewardship—as well as showcasing the latest in equipment, technology and innovation.
My 10-year-old niece, Elizabeth, tossed the pebble into the pond, and the ripples it made were impressive.In fact, as Elizabeth — who always seems to have a book in hand or a drawing she’s working on — remarked that the ripples were larger than you might expect from such a tiny object.I had left town on the Fourth of July for a four-day family vacation. We stayed in cabins at a remote site in Eastern Oregon, where looming pines are plentiful, the lakes look like glass and dusty towns such as Granite and Ukiah serve as very modest reminders of civilization.I had no access to the 24-7 media machine. No river of information to sift. I could hear myself think. And, as we stood on the banks of that pond, what Elizabeth said got me thinking a lot about our actions, their consequences and our responsibilities through all of the ripples we make.Questions ensued: To what extent does the closeness, or lack thereof, of our relationships with people, businesses, governments and the planet influence how we act?Have the systems we use to do everything from our banking and shopping to communicating and traveling become too big, too impersonal? Have those big systems made it easier for us to avoid considering the impacts of what we say and do?
Denise Ellis hasn’t held her daughter for nearly 19 months, and she’s still searching for her, in a way.In the fall of 2012, Denise began writing letters to strangers, touting her teenage daughter. The letters included a snippet of what Denise told her daughter on her 18th birthday: “Being your mama is a gift and the thing I hold most dear. As you look ahead to all that your life will become please remember: I will always be right behind you, cheering you on no matter where you are.”Though Denise anxiously checks the mail for replies from the strangers, she knows she can’t hold her daughter again. Mandy Lathim died during a summer road trip to California. Denise writes to the people who received her 18-year-old daughter’s organs.It’s unusual for grieving families to contact the people with their loved one’s living parts; typically it’s the transplant recipients who thank their donor’s family. But Denise said she finds comfort knowing Mandy, once a promising Mountain View High School graduate, still has a purpose.“It validates who she was,” she said. “Some days … it’s like she wasn’t real.”Denise gathered handouts from the memorial service, a letter she wrote about her daughter and letters from Mandy’s friends before mailing them to recipients.In September, Denise got a postcard from a man in Montana who guides nature tours. Mandy’s ankle ligament repaired his knee.“It was life-changing, that silly little postcard,” Denise said.A month later, she got a typed letter from Wendy, the wife of a man with Mandy’s liver and kidney. Wendy wrote that her husband, Dan, had been unable to walk or sit up in a chair. Without the organ graft, he would not have survived. Mandy Zoe Lathim
State wildlife managers say they suspect the treponeme bacteria — linked to hoof disease in cows and sheep in many parts of the world — is the cause of deformed and missing hooves in elk in Southwest Washington.“It’s premature to announce a final diagnosis, but tests from three independent diagnostic labs appear to show an association between the diseased hooves and the presence of treponeme bacteria,” said Sandra Jonker, regional wildlife program manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. “That’s a real concern, because the options for treating the disease are extremely limited.”’A public meeting will begin at 6 p.m. April 15 at the Clark Public Utilities community room, 1200 Fort Vancouver Way, to share results and answer questions.Kristin Mansfield, department epidemiologist, said treponemes have been linked to an increasing incidence of hoof disease in livestock for two decades, but have never been documented in elk or other wildlife. There is no evidence these bacteria are harmful to humans, she said, noting that tests indicate the disease is limited to hooves and does not affect the animals’ meat or organs.
CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK, Ore. — Crater Lake National Park rangers would like to find a hiker who was seen falling from the caldera rim surrounding the lake. They want to find out what happened to him and make sure he’s OK.The man disappeared into trees on the slope Friday, and rangers and search and rescue teams from Douglas and Josephine counties searched the area while boats on Crater Lake and a helicopter also looked for him over the weekend.All they found was a pair of sun glasses. The man may have continued north on the Pacific Coast Trail.The hiker appeared to be a white man in his 40s, about 5-foot-10, 150 pounds with long hair and a full beard. He was wearing a knee brace.
LACEY, Wash. (AP) — A school bus driver responsible for leaving a special-needs first-grader on the bus for seven hours in Lacey has been fired.It was a substitute driver who picked up the 6-year-old boy Tuesday afternoon at Lydia Hawk Elementary School.KOMO reports the boy was supposed to be dropped off at a day care but instead rode the bus to the school district’s transportation yard where the bus was parked for the night.The foster mother assumed the boy’s biological mother had picked him up from the day care. He wasn’t reported missing for hours.Thurston County sheriff’s deputies found him just before 11 p.m.The district says the driver admitted he didn’t check the bus before parking. He was fired Wednesday.
Almost two-thirds (63%) of employer respondents have taken action to prepare for the introduction of compulsory gender pay reporting, according to research by Willis Towers Watson.Its survey of 68 employers also found that 16% of respondents have needed to make changes to their reward programmes as a result of this action.The government’s draft regulations require organisations with 250 employees or more to publically disclose gender pay gap data, including bonuses, from April 2017.The research also found:91% of respondents feel prepared for the new gender pay gap reporting regulations.81% of respondents believe that they have the right tools to calculate the gender pay gap in their organisation.Around a third (35%) already have all the data required to run pay reports.Less than a third (29%) have undertaken an equal pay audit recently.More than three-quarters (77%) of respondents intend to carry out an equal pay audit in the next year.Around a third (35%) of respondents currently monitor gender pay levels, and 15% set targets for recruiting and retaining female staff.Tom Hellier, UK practice lead, rewards at Willis Towers Watson, said: “The survey shows the first challenge for most employers will be accessing the data they need to run the required reports. For most organisations, base pay figures are easy to access and analyse, but to comply with the legislation the same will need to be true of total pay data, the various components of which are often scattered across multiple systems.“Total pay includes bonus, sales commissions, maternity pay, and car allowances to name just a few components, so for some organisations gathering this information will be quite a challenge.”
More than half (58%) of employee respondents cite flexible-working hours as the benefit they value as the most important, according to research by Sodexo Engage.Its survey of 2,001 UK adults also found that 47% of respondents identify a high salary as the benefit they value as the most important, compared to 51% of millennial respondents aged 20-35 years old.The research also found:Half (50%) of respondents cite a generous pension scheme as the benefit that they value as the most important, compared to 34% of millennial respondents.33% of millennial respondents identify a strong workplace culture, including regular after-work team events for example, as the benefit they view as the most important, compared to 19% of overall respondents.60% of respondents aged 20-35 years old view flexible working as the most important benefit an employer can offer.44% of respondents cite a generous annual leave allowance as the benefit provided by their employer that they value as the most important, compared to 41% of millennial respondents.Among respondents with experience of working for a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME), 12% cite higher pay than for a comparable job at a large organisation as the reason for opting to work for an SME, and 35% cite a friendlier workplace culture as the reason for doing so.43% of respondents aged 20-35 years old would expect flexible working to be more likely to be offered in an SME than a large organisation, and 79% would expect a friendlier workplace culture in an SME than a large organisation.Iain McMath (pictured), chief executive officer at Sodexo Engage, said: “Businesses face a reputational challenge to prove that those seeking a friendly [workplace] culture and ability to lead a more flexible lifestyle can do so in corporate giants.“Although big businesses are having trouble attracting the best candidates, they’re more likely to keep them once through the door. SMEs must do more to increase loyalty amongst the workforce if they want to retain the best talent. It can often be harder for employees working for these smaller organisations to see a clear progression path after reaching senior positions, and the added benefits that come with larger employers can be a big draw. However, considering the diversity of today’s workforce, businesses of any size need to ensure that every individual always feels motivated and appreciated.”
Image credit: UnisonMore than 8,000 Glasgow City Council (GCC) employees are staging a 48-hour strike today (23 October 2018) over the lack of progress on equal pay claims.The workers, who are members of the GMB and Unison unions, began the industrial action at 7am today, leading to the closure of primary schools, nurseries and additional support schools. Other services, such as home care services, have also been affected.The dispute relates to a pay and benefits system introduced for GCC workers over a decade ago, which campaigners say led to workers in predominantly female roles, such as catering or cleaning, earning up to £3 an hour less than those in male-dominated jobs, such as refuse collection.Following two judgments against the council in the Court of Session, the GCC SNP-led administration said in January 2018 that it planned to settle around 12,000 claims. However, the unions say talks over the last 10 months have made no progress.Rhea Wolfson, GMB Scotland organiser, said: “The voice of Glasgow’s working women will be heard around the world. After decades of rampant sex discrimination they will tell their employer, ‘Stop the delays. We want justice’.”Mary Dawson, Unison Glasgow chairwoman, said: “We have given the council 10 months to make progress on addressing the historical discrimination suffered by these workers.“However, the council has agreed nothing, offered nothing and all we have had are meetings about meetings and talks about talks. It’s time for some action.”The GCC said progress had been made in the dispute and that it had hoped to agree a settlement figure in December, but warned this could now be delayed due to the industrial action.A council spokesperson said: “We understand why many of our workforce are angry about equal pay and we are also very aware of the depth of feeling there is behind this industrial action.“However, the council is already committed to delivering equal pay and reaching a negotiated settlement on claims. There is nothing that the strike can achieve that we are not already doing, and we are anxious to see everyone back around the table in good faith to move things forward.”Campaign group Action 4 Equality has estimated that backdated claims and pay increases could eventually cost GCC between £500 million and £1 billion.
Financial recruitment organisation Goodman Masson and telecommunications business Sky have been shortlisted in the Best employee engagement strategy category at the Employee Benefits Awards 2019.This award recognises and celebrates an employer that has used benefits within its wider reward strategy to engage employees with the organisation, boosting productivity, satisfaction and retention.Goodman Masson was put forward for this accolade by The Experience and Sky was nominated by professional services and business process outsourcing firm Capita.The winning organisation will be announced at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party 2019, in association with Aon, on Friday 7 June 2019 at iconic venue The Pavilion at The Tower of London.HR, benefits and reward professionals will be able to network with colleagues and peers over a drinks reception at this iconic location, and the awards ceremony itself will be held over a gourmet three-course lunch. Other categories include Most motivational benefits, Best benefits to support work-life balance and Best mental health strategy, as well as the coveted Grand Prix and Employee benefits professional of the year awards, celebrating excellence in the industry.Winning organisations and shortlisted employers will then be able to celebrate the year’s achievements during a summer party going on into the afternoon and early evening.Actor and comedian Kerry Godliman has been confirmed as this year’s host.See the full shortlist.For more information or to book your table.
FLORIDA CITY, Fla. (WSVN) — Miami-Dade Police are investigating a shooting in Florida City that left one man dead in Florida City, Sunday morning.Police responded to the scene of the shooting near Northwest 16th Street and Fifth Avenue. According to the victim’s ex-wife, gunfire broke out after an argument between several people spiraled out of control. She said the man then ran into someone’s backyard, where he collapsed and died.The man’s ex-wife, who asked not to be identified or show her face on camera, said she was shocked to learn the news. “I was called this morning by my ex-husband’s girlfriend, and he was shot,” she said as she tried to hold back tears. “He didn’t deserve to die. He was a good friend, he was a good husband, he was a good grandfather. He loved his grand kids, he loved his granddaughter. She’s gonna miss him.”Witnesses said a gray vehicle fled the scene in an unknown direction.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.
WEST PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – Surveillance cameras captured two men stealing a huge grill from a West Park restaurant.Two men were recorded stealing a huge grill from Chef Tally’s World Famous Jerk on Jan. 20. The duo moved the business’s box truck out of the way to reach the grill.One of the thieves nearly got run over in the process. However, they were able to make off with the grill worth about $6,000.The theft happened near Southwest 56th Terrace and 25th Street.If you have any information on who made off with this grill, 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.
MIAMI (WSVN) – Florida’s Tax-Free Weekend has arrived, and it is set to give parents a slight sigh of relief before back-to-school season.According to a Miami-Dade County Public Schools spokesperson, Tax-Free Weekend began Friday and will end Sunday, Aug. 6. Shoppers won’t have to deal with taxes on items listed on the tax-exempt list, including computers and computer accessories.The official list includes these items:Clothing, footwear, certain accessories selling for $60 or less per itemCertain school supplies selling for $15 or less per itemPersonal computers, certain computer-related accessories, selling for $750 or less per item, when purchased for noncommercial home or personal useSome of the eligible school supply items for the Tax-Free Weekend also include binders, calculators, transparent tape, colored pencils and crayons.Those items that are not exempt from sales taxes include staplers and staples, among others.For a complete list of what is and is not included during Florida’s Tax-Free Weekend, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida home sustained heavy damage after it went up in flames.The fire broke out at a home near Northeast Fourth Court and 65th Street in Miami, Wednesday.Officials said the flames were contained to the rear of the house, and they were able to put it out before they spread.No one was home at the time.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
HIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating after one person was killed in a fiery crash in Hialeah, officials said.Hialeah Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the two-vehicle collision in the area of East Eighth Avenue and 29th Street, just after 8 p.m., Saturday.Crews pronounced the victim dead at the scene.No other injuries were reported.As of 11 p.m., East Eighth Avenue remained shut down near the scene of the crash while police investigated.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.
MIAMI (WSVN) – A man accused in a string of vehicle burglaries in Miami-Dade County faced a judge this weekend.Twenty-three-year-old Ruandy Sevilla appeared in bond court, Sunday. He faces several charges, including theft, credit card fraud and burglary.According to investigators, the suspect broke into several vehicles in North Miami and Southwest Miami-Dade.Surveillance video captured Sevilla breaking into a truck in North Miami, Aug. 4.His bond was set at $3,000.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Few industries have as many (or as widely-read) blogs and independent sites as the entertainment industry. Now Variety and Hollywood Reporter have drawn the ire of several independent movie blogs, which claim the sites have taken news from the blogs without attribution and are now calling on the blogging community to stop providing links to the trade sites. Collider.com editor-in-chief Steven Weintraub called for the boycott, which has been joined by Moviehole.net, Latino Review, ScreenRant.com, IESB.net, Bloody-Disgusting.com and FirstShowing.net, after he claimed Variety picked up what he says was his scoop about a sequel to the movie “300.” While acknowledging that much of the news found on the blogs comes from Variety and HollywoodReporter.com, MovieBlog.com writes: “So here’s an ironic thing. Many traditional media outlets will often belittle and criticize the new emerging online movie community for not having explicit codes of etiquette and conduct … and yet now many of them are engaging in the violation of this most simple and important rule of GIVING CREDIT.”Many of the blogs supporting the boycott are filled with comments from readers supporting the stance and talking of the irrelevance of big media but some other bloggers aren’t so sure. “Movie sites have been ripping off Variety and Hollywood Reporter for well over a decade now,” wrote FilmRot. “How many articles a day do you think get quoted, reprinted in whole, unattributed or attributed without a link – all from the Hollywood trades?” Publicly, Variety has been dismissive of the boycott. “Print still holds its own,” Variety editor-in-chief Peter Bart told MTV.com. “With all the [Internet change], the circulation of Variety is just where it was 30 years ago.” Still, Bart tells MTV.com there’s still an opportunity for the trades and the blogs to come together. “I think we’ll grow together. I really do and I think to some degree we want it. I would like to have us develop a blog of blogs, where we get a highlight reel of the best blogs that deal with the entertainment media. I think that will happen before long, and I think that would ameliorate some of these concerns.”
Perhaps the most promising news, though, is that many users appear willing to pay for that content: Of those viewing video at least once a month, 26.7 percent paid to watch.In general, more and more mobile users are turning to the tablet—16.5 percent of all mobile phone subscribers used a tablet in April 2012, an 11.8 percent increase from the same period last year.The report shows the demographic breakdown to be somewhat unsurprising, as the largest number of tablet users—37.7 percent—remain in the highest economic bracket, earning $100,000 or more per year.Still, the tablet has clearly penetrated beyond the wealthiest category. The number of tablet users in the $50,000-$75,000 and $75,000-$100,000 groups make up 18.9 percent and 18.3 percent of the total tablet audience respectively, which is not too far off from the $25,000-$50,000 group, at 17.7 percent. Those earning less than $25,000 make up 7.4 percent ofthe total.In terms of age, the largest group, at 24.4 percent, is 25-34 years old. The second-largest tier, at 21.4 percent, is in the 35-44 range. Younger users, between ages 13 and 17, make up 7.3 percent, while older users—ages 65 and above—comprise 6.8 percent of the total tablet audience.Males and females seem to favor the tablet almost equally, as females take up 50.8 percent of the total, compared to males at 49.2 percent. Magazine media brands have reason to continue investing in two key areas—video and the tablet—according to a recent comScore report.More than half of tablet users watched video and/or television content on their devices in April 2012, compared to 20 percent of smartphone users. A total of 18.9 percent of the tablet audience watched video content at least once per week, while 9.5 percent did so nearly every day.
Now McMormack and his newly named publisher and editorial director, Hamilton Fish, will undertake that challenge. But McCormack indicates he has no plans to change the brand’s historical mission. He says in a statement, “We intend to continue in that same tradition, preserving the journal as an important voice in a new debate over how the basic principles of liberalism can be reworked to meet the equally demanding challenges of our era.” No word yet on what this means for CEO, Guy Vidra, who Hughes hired in 2014 in an attempt to right the ship. Likewise, McCormack has made no comments on other staff changes beyond Fish. Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook, has confirmed the sale of The New Republic, after a failed attempt to revitalize the century-old magazine. Win McMormack, political activist and publisher of Tin House, has emerged as the buyer. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Hughes purchased the title in 2012 and set out to turn the liberal mouth piece into a multiplatform media company, but things didn’t quite work out. Not only did the brand suffer a mass exodus when several staffers lost faith in Hughe’s vision, but it also cut frequency and never truly established itself in the digital space. In a company memo last month, Hughes was candid when he announced his intentions to sell by saying. “I underestimated the difficulty of transitioning an old and traditional institution into a digital media company in today’s quickly evolving climate.”
Newsweek Media Group, founded in 2006 as the parent company of news site International Business Times and formerly known as IBT Media, has been the subject of years of speculation over its owners’ broad sense of secrecy around their web of connections to Jang and Olivet ever since they purchased Newsweek in 2013.The Daily Beast reported two weeks ago that company co-founder Johnathan Davis told Newsweek editors their work had damaged the company’s business prospects following a Buzzfeed article detailing allegations that the company had engaged in ad fraud. (Amid all of this, NMG chief content officer Dayan Candappa took a leave of absence last month over sexual harassment complaint from his time at Reuters. Davis, who himself had not been active at the company for some time, had returned to fill in until Candappa was reinstated earlier this month.)Read the full Newsweek report and editors’ note here.Update: Early Wednesday morning, International Business Times followed Newsweek‘s report by publishing a staff-bylined article excerpting a three-hour interview by “Newsweek Media Group editors” with Davis and his wife, Olivet University president Tracy Davis, in which the latter Davis denied any connection between Olivet and the D.A. investigation and both Davises seemed to downplay Jang’s relationship with the company. Updated Wednesday, 2/21/18 at 1:33 am.Late Tuesday evening, a month after the magazine’s Lower Manhattan office was raided by state investigators, Newsweek published an 1,800-word report detailing the Manhattan District Attorney’s year-long probe into its parent company’s ties to controversial evangelical pastor David Jang and Olivet University, the California-based biblical college he founded in 2000.The triple-bylined story was preceded by a lengthy editors’ note accusing Newsweek Media Group of “egregious breaches of confidentiality and journalism ethics,” and firing Newsweek editor Bob Roe, executive editor Ken Li and senior politics reporter Celeste Katz—who contributed to the story—”for doing their jobs.”“We believe that subjects of the story were shown parts of the draft, if not the entire piece, prior to publication by a company executive who should not have been involved in the process,” the note reads. “At an on-the-record interview with the subjects of this story, a company official asked editors to identify confidential sources. On-the-record sources were contacted and questioned about their discussions with Newsweek Media Group reporters.”